Two sheriff’s deputies in Texas were fatally shot and one city employee was injured after they were called to a home about a dog complaint.
28-year-old Jeffrey Nicholas has been charged with two counts of capital murder of a peace officer for the murders of Concho County Sheriff’s Deputies Stephen Jones and Samuel Leonard.
Charges have not yet been filed in connection to the wounding of the city employee.
Nicholas was booked in Tom Green County Jail on a $4 million bond, according to The Washington Post.
Police were apparently called to the scene to conduct an investigation “regarding a person being bitten by a dog.”
The deputies then made contact with Nicholas who “refused to cooperate and ordered deputies off his property and, according to witnesses, made threats to shoot the deputies if they did not leave.”
According to a court affidavit, an altercation then ensued and the deputies tried to use an “electronic control device” to detain Nicholas.
“Nicholas then produced a semi-automatic pistol and fired, striking and killing both deputies,” the affidavit states. “Nicholas also fired his handgun toward City of Eden employees, striking and causing serious bodily injury to one.”
According to the affidavit, Nicholas “made confessions and apologies” for the shooting during an interview.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement regarding the incident saying, “our hearts are broken over the senseless murder of two Concho County Sheriff’s Deputies who were gunned down in the line of duty.”
“This terrible loss is a solemn reminder of the risks our brave law enforcement officers face while protecting our communities,” he continued.
The Texas and U.S. flags were lowered to half-staff Wednesday in Concho County in honor of the fallen officers.
Nicholas has yet to enter a plea.