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2 sheriff's deputies killed in Concho County, suspect arrested by Texas Rangers

The Concho County Sheriff's Office said the deputies killed were Samuel Leonard and Stephen Jones.
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CONCHO COUNTY, Texas — UPDATE: The Concho County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two deputies who were killed Monday evening.

According to a post on the CCSO's Facebook page, the deputies were Samuel Leonard and Sgt. Stephen Jones. 

Funeral services for Leonard, Badge No. 2402, will be Monday, May 17, at First Baptist Church in Lamesa.  

The escort home for Jones will leave Lubbock at approximately 8 a.m. enroute to San Angelo on U.S. Hwy 87. Funeral services for Sgt. Jones are pending.

UPDATE: According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at approximately 8:40 p.m. Monday, Concho County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Bryan Street for a dog complaint.

Two deputies and an Eden city employee arrived on scene and made contact with individuals at the home where an altercation escalated to gunfire.

Two Concho County Sheriff's Office deputies were killed and the city employee was critically injured.

The Texas Rangers are investigating and more information will be released as it becomes available. 

Gov. Greg Abbott issued the following statement Tuesday morning:

"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."

ORIGINAL STORY: A 28-year-old man is in the Tom Green County jail Tuesday morning, charged with two counts of capital murder of a peace officer or fireman.

Jeffrey Vincent Nicholas was booked at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday. Bond has been set at $2 million per count.

Details are limited, however, the arrest record shows the incident happened in Concho County Monday night and the arresting agency was the Texas Rangers.

Requests for information have been sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have posted on social media reporting two Concho County Sheriff's Office deputies were killed in the line of duty. No official word has been received from DPS, the Texas Rangers or the Concho County Sheriff's Office.

A release from the Lubbock Police Department Tuesday morning said: "The Lubbock Police Department is heartbroken at the loss of two Concho County Sheriff’s Deputies who were killed in the line of duty Monday evening. 

Our department will escort the bodies of the two deputies to South Plains Forensic Pathology, located at 202 Avenue Q. 

The route will begin around 10:30 a.m. at 114th and I-27, proceed north on I-27 before exiting onto the Marsha Sharp Freeway, heading west, and then exiting onto Avenue Q.  

We ask the public to be aware of this escort and to allow our officers space in these rainy conditions. 

We appreciate your cooperation and ask you to lift up the families, both blood and blue, of these two heroes."

FOX West Texas has a reporter in Eden gathering official information. 

This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.