Stephen Jones, a married father of five, was one of two Concho County Sheriff’s deputies killed while responding to a call about dogs in Eden, Texas.
Samuel Leonard, the second deputy, was shot and seriously injured, as was an Eden city employee. Jeffrey Nicholas, the murder suspect, has been arrested and is being held on a $4 million bail.
Jones and Leonard, as well as an Eden city employee, were dispatched to a dog complaint about 8:40 p.m. on Monday, May 10. Officials said in a statement that the routine call turned into “an altercation occurred which quickly escalated to gunfire,”
Jones and Leonard, as well as an Eden city employee, were dispatched to a dog complaint about 8:40 p.m. on Monday, May 10. Officials said in a statement that the routine call turned into “an incident that quickly escalated to gunfire.” Jones was 34 years old at the time.
In the last 3 days, our nation has lost 4 more heroes in the line of duty.
Deputies Stephen Jones & Samuel Leonard — Concho County Sheriff’s Office.
Det. Luca Benedetti — San Luis Obispo Police Dept.
Jones was a father who, according to his Facebook profile, would have been celebrating his 16th wedding anniversary on May 28. His hometown was Concho County, and he was homeschooled before working for the county. He was the father of four daughters and a son.
Along with his work as a Concho County Sheriff’s Deputy, he was elected as a Concho County Constable, according to his profile. Teaching a license-to-carry class was one of his responsibilities, and he rose to the rank of sergeant.
A video of the procession escorting Jones’ body was shared by Zach Leonard, the brother of fallen deputy Samuel Leonard, on May 12. Jones has been a sheriff’s deputy for over seven years and was promoted to deputy in 2013. According to his obituary, he had seven siblings.
According to witnesses, the incident quickly escalated from the moment deputies confronted Nicholas in his car to a gunfight that claimed the lives of two deputies.
Nicholas’ neighbor, Eden City Mayor Pete Torres, was one of the eyewitnesses to the fatal shooting and persuaded Nicholas to surrender after about 30 minutes of barricading, according to the news channel.
Several witnesses described the scene, with one claiming that the deadly situation started when police stopped Nicholas near his home for a traffic stop. The witness told the news organization that he overheard officers telling Nicholas to “roll down your window and then put up your hands.” The driver instead fled, according to the witness.
There was firing soon after, with nine or ten bullets and “people shooting back and forth…”
“Those aren’t my dogs,” the perpetrator yelled, according to another witness. “You are constantly threatening and tasing me…,” the source told the news organization. Witnesses told the news organization that Nicholas then yelled for his constitutional rights.
According to neighbors, there are six dogs in the area, “that are vicious that control the neighborhood.”
Who Is The Suspect?
According to the county’s jail roster, the suspect was arrested by Texas Rangers and booked into the Tom Green County Jail at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, on a $4 million bond, $2 million for each count of capital murder of a police officer.