EDEN, Texas – A suspect is behind bars on bonds totaling $4 million for the murder of two sheriff’s deputies in Concho County Monday night.
Jeffrey Nicholas, 28, was booked into the Tom Green County Jail on two counts of Capital Murder of a Peace Officer Tuesday.
Nicholas was involved in a standoff at a building in Eden where he barricaded himself inside following a brief pursuit with law enforcement.
According to DPS Sergeant Justin Baker, the two deputies went with an Eden city employee to investigate a dog complaint around 8:40 p.m. Monday night. Sgt. Baker says the deputies got into a fight with Nicholas and gunfire was exchanged.
The two deputies were killed and the city employee was critically injured.
The identifies of the deputies and the other person have not been disclosed at this time.
Bonds totaling $2 million each have been set for each of Nicolas’ Capital Murder charges.
Gov. Greg Abbott released the following statement about the shooting:
“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. The State of Texas is prepared to provide any assistance needed to support the Concho County community and bring the perpetrator of this heinous crime to justice. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in prayer for the families, friends, and colleagues of these brave Sheriff’s deputies.”Gov. Greg Abbott
No further information is available at this time but the investigation is ongoing. Check back for updates throughout the day.