Deputy Indicted on Murder Charge

By Bill O'Neil

A Bexar County Sheriff''s Deputy faces the prospect of a trial--after a Grand Jury returns a first-degree murder indictment. 

The charge stems from an altercation following a minor traffic accident dutring the early morning hours August 31st. Investigators said 16-year veteran Anthony Thomas shot and killed Matthew Jackson as Jackson approached Thomas' vehicle following the crash along North Loop 1604, near Lookout Raod, 

"There as an initial investigation done through the Sheriff's Office--that was forwarded to us--and we turned around and did further investigation" Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed told 550 KTSA News, pointing out the teamwork that has taken place. 

"I have always been confident in the ability of our detectives to conduct a thorough and fair investigation" said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau. 

Investigators said Thomas--who works in court security--was off duty at the time of the shooting--but was wearing his uniform and badge. 

Reed said the case sends a very loud and clear message to deputies and police officers. 

"They are there to protect us--and that is their sworn duty--but they can only really use deadly force like the normal person--in the protection of themselves and other individuals" Reed said.  

The Sheriff's Office said Thomas has been placed on administrative leave--while officials have begun to take the appropriate steps to fire him.   


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