As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
April 18, 2011
Texas deputy shot, killed by inmate
Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Sherri Jones - [Bowie County Sheriff's Department, Texas]
NEW BOSTON, Texas — Officials have identified a deputy shot dead in a Northeast Texas courthouse while escorting an inmate from a hearing.
Bowie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Larry Parker says 54-year-old Deputy Sherri Jones died in the 2:30 p.m. Monday shooting in the county courthouse basement in New Boston.
He says Jones was taking 21-year-old Tucker Strickland to a van for transfer to a state facility when Strickland overpowered her, grabbed her gun, shot her and fled in the van. Parker says Strickland was found with the van about 30 miles away in Ashdown, Ark., and awaits extradition in the Miller County Jail in Texarkana, Ark.
Parker said deputies and Texas Rangers were obtaining a capital murder warrant for Strickland late Monday.
Bowie County is on the Texas-Arkansas border and includes Texarkana, Texas.
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