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May 12, 2006

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Tenn. deputy, friend shot to death

Officer Down: Bill Jones - [Kingstron, Tennessee]

Courtesy of Roane County Sheriff's Office
Biographical Info

Age: 53

Additional Info: Deputy Bill Jones had served in law enforcement for over 25 years.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Jones and a civilian passenger were shot and killed in his patrol car.

Date of Incident: May 11, 2006

Deputy, friend shot to death

KINGSTON, Tenn. — A sheriff's deputy and a friend riding with him on patrol were shot to death Thursday night and one suspect was in custody.

Deputy Bill Jones and his friend, Mike Brown, were found dead along state Highway 58 in eastern Tennessee, Roane County Sheriff David Haggard said.

"It looks like somebody opened fire on them and shot the officer and the ride-along," Haggard said.

The attack took place near property belonging to the family of the two suspects identified by authorities as brothers Rocky and Leon Houston.

A warrant had been issued for Rocky Houston, but it was not clear whether the deputy was attempting to serve the warrant when the attack took place, Haggard said.

Both brothers had outstanding warrants for various offenses, authorities said, including threats against forest service officials who were on their property to fight a fire.

Rocky Houston was found at an Oak Ridge hospital with a gunshot wound to his hip, police told The Knoxville News Sentinel. He was later moved to a Knoxville hospital. His condition was unknown.

His brother remained at large.

Kingston, about 35 miles west of Knoxville, was the site of another deadly attack on law enforcement.

George Hyatte, 34, escaped Aug. 9 as two guards led him to a van for a return trip to Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex after a hearing at the county courthouse.

Jennifer Hyatte, 31, a former prison nurse who met and married Hyatte behind bars, is charged with ambushing the guards, killing one and wounding the other. The couple was captured 36 hours later at a motel in Columbus, Ohio, and face trial on murder charges later this year.

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