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2 Texas deputies killed, city worker wounded in attack

May 12, 2021 GMT
This Tuesday, May 11, 2021, booking photo provided by the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office, in San Angelo, Texas, shows Jeffrey Nicholas. Nicholas is charged with shooting two West Texas sheriff's deputies dead and critically wounding a city employee answering a dog complaint, authorities said. (Tom Green County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This Tuesday, May 11, 2021, booking photo provided by the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office, in San Angelo, Texas, shows Jeffrey Nicholas. Nicholas is charged with shooting two West Texas sheriff's deputies dead and critically wounding a city employee answering a dog complaint, authorities said. (Tom Green County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This Tuesday, May 11, 2021, booking photo provided by the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office, in San Angelo, Texas, shows Jeffrey Nicholas. Nicholas is charged with shooting two West Texas sheriff's deputies dead and critically wounding a city employee answering a dog complaint, authorities said. (Tom Green County Sheriff's Office via AP)

EDEN, Texas (AP) — A man shot two West Texas sheriff’s deputies dead and critically wounded a city employee answering a dog complaint, authorities said Tuesday.

Sgt. Justin Baker of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the suspect was taken into custody after Monday night’s attack in Eden, a town of about 1,300 people roughly 210 miles (338 kilometers) southwest of Dallas.

Jeffrey Nicholas, 28, has been booked into Tom Green County Jail in nearby San Angelo with a bond set at $4 million and charged with capital murder of a peace officer. No attorney for Nicholas was listed in jail records.

The two Concho County sheriff’s deputies and a city employee arrived at the home shortly after 8:40 p.m., Baker said. While making contact with people at the residence, “an altercation occurred and quickly escalated to gunfire,” he said.

The Lubbock Police Department said in a statement that it was “heartbroken” to learn of the deaths and that its officers on Tuesday would escort the deputies’ bodies to a forensics lab in Lubbock, which is about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Eden.

Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that “our hearts are broken.”

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