Deputies involved in shooting that killed 6-year-old, wanted felon released to full duty
SCHERTZ, Texas - The four deputies involved in a December shooting that killed a wanted a felon and a 6-year-old boy will return to full duty soon, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office announced Friday.
The Bexar County District Attorney provided the department with clearance letters, allowing the deputies to report to full duty after being on administrative leave during the investigation. Amanda Lene Jones, 30, led deputies on a two-hour manhunt ending when they opened fire in front of a mobile home. Jones was killed outside the mobile home and Kameron Prescott, 6, was killed by an errant bullet from one of the deputies. Prescott and two adults believed to be related to the boy were inside the home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said one of the deputies found Jones in a closet who allegedly told him,"I have a weapon, I'm gonna shoot you." She fled on foot, while the deputy pursued her into a wooden area. Salazar said the deputy lost sight of Jones, so the deputy called backup. Jones was found crossing a river and officers pursued her in "water that was up to their chin."
Salazar said Jones was threatening harm to several witnesses, leading them to believe she was armed. Deputies later found Jones on a porch, trying to break into a mobile house. She had several felony warrants in her name, he said.
Salazar said the deputies fired and killed the woman at the scene because she placed them "in direct fear of their lives." There was no weapon found with the woman at the scene, and she did not appear to be armed.
Salazar asked the Bexar County District Attorney to launch an investigation into the shooting in December.