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‘One of our very best’ | Fallen Houston police officer Bill Jeffrey remembered as ‘a great man’

It’s a solemn day in Houston as we mourn the death of HPD Senior Officer Bill Jeffrey, who was shot multiple times while serving an arrest warrant early Monday.
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‘One of our very best’ | Fallen Houston police officer Bill Jeffrey remembered as ‘a great man’

It’s a solemn day in Houston as we mourn the death of HPD Senior Officer Bill Jeffrey, who was shot multiple times while serving an arrest warrant early Monday.

Updated: 9:42 PM CDT September 20, 2021

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HOUSTON — We’ve learned more about the Houston police officer who died in the line of duty Monday morning, and about the second officer who was critically wounded.

HPD Senior Officer Bill Jeffrey and Sgt. Michael Vance were shot while serving a narcotics-related arrest warrant with the Major Offenders Fugitive Squad in the 5300 block of Aeropark.



The gunman, later identified as 30-year-old Deon Ledet, was shot and killed at the scene in northeast Houston, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.

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William ‘Bill’ Jeffrey​

Senior Officer Bill Jeffrey, 54, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital, according to Finner.

Jeffrey joined HPD in 1990 and served more than three decades.

He and his wife Suzanne, who retired from HPD in December 2020, have one child and were building their dream home, Finner said.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke with the officer’s wife at the hospital.

“Mayor, the City of Houston lost the very best. The very best,” she told Turner.

Finner agreed, saying he’d known Jeffrey his entire career.

Sgt. Michael Wiley Vance​

Sgt. Michael Vance, who was working undercover, was shot after Ledet's girlfriend opened the door of their apartment, Finner said.

Life Flight airlifted the 53-year-old veteran to Memorial Hermann where he underwent surgery.

Vance is expected to survive, according to Chief Finner.

Sgt. Vance, a married father of two, joined HPD in 1997.

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Who is Deon Ledet? Man accused of killing HPD Officer William 'Bill' Jeffrey

Records show the man accused of William "Bill" Jeffrey's death is no stranger to police and has a history of arrests dating back to 2008.
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Who is Deon Ledet? Man accused of killing HPD Officer William 'Bill' Jeffrey​


HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- We're learning that the man who authorities say shot two Houston police officers, one of them fatally, as they served a felony warrant is no stranger to the law.

Deon Ledet, 30, died when police fired back at him
Monday morning. Ledet was being served a narcotics arrest warrant at his apartment complex in northeast Harris County.


Update to shooting scene on Aero Park involving HPD Officers: Members of HPD Major Offenders Division were executing arrest warrants on Deon Ledet (8-15-91). The warrants were for Possession with Intent to Deliver/Manufacture Penalty Group 4-200g and Possession of pic.twitter.com/TFXqhv6lhA
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 20, 2021

According to HPD, Senior Officer William "Bill" Jeffrey and Sgt. Michael Vance were shot at several times while attempting to execute the warrant. The officers returned fire, shooting and killing Ledet at the scene, Chief Troy Finner said. No one else in the apartment was injured.

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Ledet's criminal records show the 30-year-old had multiple convictions and arrests dating back to 2008.

His criminal history includes arrests for evading arrest, aggravated assault of a family member, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of a vehicle.

In 2015, Ledet was sentenced to 10 years in a state prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


Then last year, court records show he was charged with felony possession and released on bond Nov. 18, 2020. This is despite a violation with the 208th District Court's order to comply with the conditions of his bail. Records say he had three days to report to pretrial services to receive an ankle monitor upon release but failed to do so. Nonetheless, he was released.

The current charge Jeffrey and Vance were executing arrest warrants for was for Ledet's possession of cocaine. The warrants were issued back in January, and he had not shown up to court.

Ledet's family shared the following picture with ABC13.

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