Two sheriff’s deputies murdered in standoff after man leads them on ‘brief pursuit’ then opens fire on them

EDEN, TX – A suspect has been booked into jail on two counts of capital murder after allegedly fatally shooting two Concho County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

According to the Concho Valley Homepage, on Monday, May 10, suspect Jeffrey Nicholas, 28, led police on a “brief pursuit” before barricading himself in a home in Eden, TX.

Little is reported at this point about the circumstances of the contact, and Everything Lubbock quotes authorities as saying, “[the suspect’s] motive is unknown at this time.”

San Angelo Live does report that nearby witnesses saw the officers pull the suspect over and instruct him to, “[r]oll your window down and then put up your hands.”

Furthermore, Fox 44 News reports that a contact was initiated because of a dog complaint.  Witnesses also told San Angelo Live that there are six vicious dogs in the neighborhood.

Nicholas reportedly fled the scene of the traffic stop, and police pursued him to his home nearby, where he barricaded himself in, and engaged the officers in gunfire.

Witnesses told San Angelo Live that Nicholas was also yelling at the sheriff’s deputies, saying, “Those aren’t my dogs.  You are always harassing me and tasing me.”

“[N]ine or ten gunshots” were reportedly also heard by witnesses at the scene.

After the shooting, two officers had lost their lives.  The fallen sheriff’s deputies have not been identified, and there is currently no information as to whether they died at the scene or were transported.

An unidentified civilian, a city employee, also suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach, and that person was transported to nearby Shannon Medical Center.  Additional information on the civilian’s condition is unknown at this time. 

The standoff went on for approximately 30 minutes.

Eden Mayor Pete Torres, who reportedly lives around the corner from the suspect, became involved in negotiations, and San Angelo Live reports that he convinced Nicholas to surrender to law enforcement.

On Tuesday, May 11, Nicholas was booked into the Tom Green County Jail, “on two counts of Capital Murder of a Peace Officer.”  Two bonds of $2 million each have been set.

The slain officers’ bodies were transported to a forensics lab in Lubbock, TX.  The Lubbock Police Department, which described itself as “heartbroken” after the murders, provided escort.

News of the tragic slaying led to outpouring of support from elected officials and police departments.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a staunch supporter of police, wrote on Twitter:

“Our hearts go out to the family & friends of 2 Concho County Sheriff’s deputies who were killed in the line of duty last night.

“This terrible loss is a solemn reminder of the risks our brave law enforcement officers face while protecting our communities.”

Lago Vista PD tweeted a poignant reminder that the deputies were slain during National Police Week, saying:

“Today we mourn the loss of two Concho County Deputies. We honor the fallen during National Police Week.”

Congressman August Pfluger, of Texas’ District 11, wrote:

“Camille and I are absolutely devastated by the news that two of our Concho County Sheriff’s deputies were killed in the line of duty last night in Eden. 

“These officers protected the community until the very end—defending our freedoms, values, and safety.”

Rep. Pfluger added:

“Though we are unable to thank them for their sacrifice, we will never stop honoring their legacy and service. We join with our Concho County neighbors in mourning the loss of these heroes. 

“Please keep our entire law enforcement community in your prayers.”

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Metro officer shot, nearly murdered in ambush at home: ‘This was a ruse to get police to the house’

NASHVILLE, TN – A Metro Nashville police officer was shot in an ambush while responding to a “set up” call falsely reporting an active shooter at a home in South Nashville.

The shooting was reported just after 6 p.m. in the 7200 block of Sugarloaf Drive, located off of Nolensville Pike.

According to MNPD Public Information Officer Don Aaron, police were called to the residence for a report from a man claiming his brother had shot his mother and that the gunfire was continuing:

“On the 911 call you can hear him saying that he’s scared the shots are continuing to be fired hurry, hurry please get here in a hurry. It’s very concerning what our officers are being confronted with over the past few weeks is very concerning.”

Three officers knocked on the door to the residence. The door opened, and when officers began to make entry into the home, the caller opened fire, striking Officer Brian Sherman in the left arm.

Officers retreated from the home and 22-year-old Salman Mohamed followed them outside into the driveway armed with a rifle. Officers began to negotiate with the man, but he shot himself in the head. He died shortly after of his wounds.

Aaron said the South Precinct officers were not equipped with body cameras. The swat team was equipped with cameras, but the suspect was dead by the time they arrived.

Aaron stressed that no officers fired their weapons during the incident.

Officer Sherman was transported by medics to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and released late Tuesday night.

Aaron said Mohamed’s mother and three siblings were in the home, but no one was injured nor were any other shots fired, as he initially reported:

“Again, no one else in the home was hit. This was a ruse or a setup to get the police to come to the house, and as soon as the officers knocked on the door, the door was opened, and they came under fire by Mohammed.”

No motive has been released by authorities, but Aaron said Mohamed appeared intent on luring the officers to the home:

“We believe the person who made the 911 call was Mohamed himself. In fact, on the 911 call, you can hear him saying that he’s scared that shots are continuing to be fired. ‘Hurry, hurry, please get here in a hurry.’ It was all a ruse to get the police officers to this scene.

“Mohammed’s motives for this have not been determined. Obviously, we’ll be talking to his family throughout the evening to try to resolve why he did this. Again, no one else in the home was hit. This was a ruse or a setup to get the police to come to the house, and as soon as the officers knocked on the door, the door was opened, and they came under fire by Mohamed.”

Authorities stated that Mohamed had no previous arrest record, and they were looking to see if he had any prior police contacts.

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