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Off-Duty Montgomery County Sheriff Faces Felony Charges After 7-Hour Standoff With Authorities

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Spring, Texas – A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy, 30-year-old Ryan Jones, appeared in court Friday night after a seven-hour standoff with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. 

Jones faces several charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct with the discharge of a firearm. He has since bonded out of jail.

The standoff took place on Oct 23 when, according to officials, Jones pointed a gun at his brother-in-law and threatened him. Jones’ wife was in the home during the altercation and immediately alerted the police. Jones’ wife, child, and brother-in-law were able to escape the home once authorities arrived. 

During the standoff with the police, officials heard multiple gunshots from inside the house. Neighbors locked themselves in their homes and officials cut power to the block as they negotiated with the deputy. 

At around 9:30 am, after more than seven hours in a standoff, Harris County deputies heard a gunshot from inside the house. Jones finally came out and collapsed onto the ground in the backyard from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials. 

Jones was rushed to a hospital where he received medical care. 

Montgomery County officials have yet to comment on Jones and his future as a deputy, however, have stated that an internal investigation has begun. Friends and neighbors have reported that Jones struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Volia Nikaci is a native New Yorker, writer, and journalist. She has a background in Broadcast Journalism & Political Science from CUNY Brooklyn College.

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