A Bexar County grand jury on Thursday indicted a Bexar County sheriff's deputy in connection with the shooting of a 29-year-old man.
Deputy Anthony Lamont Thomas, 38, was indicted on a murder charge in the death of Mathew Jackson (pictured at bottom).
According to the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Thomas was off duty Aug. 31 at 4:35 a.m., when he and Jackson were involved in a minor traffic accident on Loop 1604 near Lookout Road.
Jackson then approached Thomas' vehicle, and the deputy shot and killed Jackson, the DA's office said.
Thomas was in his personal vehicle but was wearing his deputy uniform and badge, the DA's office said.
"I have always been confident in the ability of our detectives to conduct a thorough and fair investigation," Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said after learning of the indictment. "This is a tragic incident in which one family lost a loved one and another family's loved one will now face a criminal trial. I want to thank our investigators for their excellent work, the district attorney's office for their diligence, and the grand jury for their service."
Deputy Thomas had been on administrative duty, but he’s now been placed on administrative leave while sheriff officials prepare paperwork to dismiss him.
The deputy could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if he's convicted.
Thomas works in court security and has been with the sheriff's office for 16 years.
The attorney for Jackson's family, Tim Maloney, said they were initially concerned about the investigation but were pleased with the outcome.
"A great sense of relief knowing that no one is above the law. Knowing that even a police officer who commits such an act can be held accountable," said Maloney. "I think that is something that is very, very important for the family, but for the community. I think there was great concern about cops investigating cops."
The deputy, who will be placed on administrative leave, could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if he's convicted in a court of law.
Thomas works in Court Security and has been with the sheriff's office for 16 years.