Deon Ledet: This is what we know about the suspect in the HPD shooting of 2 officers, according to family

County Records Show DA’s Office Wanted No Bail For Ledet in November 2020

HOUSTON – Family of Deon Ledet has confirmed to KPRC 2 that their relative is the suspect in the shooting of two Houston police officers.

One officer, William “Bill” Jeffrey -- a 30-year veteran of the department -- has died. The other officer, Sgt. Michael Vance is in stable condition.

HPD says the suspect was killed when officers returned fire.

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According to a criminal history record from the Texas Department of Public Safety, 30-year-old Ledet had multiple convictions and arrests dating back to 2008. His criminal history includes arrests for evading arrest and burglary of a vehicle. In 2015, he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In 2020, the felony charge of possession with intent to deliver was added to his rap sheet.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office tells KPRC 2 that Magistrate Lionel Castro set bond amounts for Ledet at $20,000 and $40,000 on Nov. 17, 2020. The next day, Nov. 18, the District Attorney’s office asked for bond to be denied because Ledet had two felony convictions. Instead, the DA’s office says Judge Greg Glass of the 208th District Court lowered the bond amounts to $10,000 and $20,000.

Doug Griffith, President of the Houston Police Officers’ Union told KPRC 2 Investigates, ″I want to know who is he going to answer to,” said Griffith in reference to Glass adding, “He’s got some answering to do as to why this suspect was out on the street?”

KPRC 2 Investigates reviewed a bond condition violation report indicating Ledet did not report for an ankle monitor in November 2020. Ledet failed to appear in court again at the beginning of 2021.

″The judge has a responsibility to do his job and when you fail at your job there are ramifications for that. The ramifications today is that an officer lost their liFE and he should be held accountable,” Griffith said.

The address on the most recent bail bond document matches the address of the apartment complex where Monday’s shooting occurred.

CRIMINAL HISTORY LISTED IN COURT DOCUMENTS

  • September 2008 - Evading arrest with a motor vehicle (2 years deferred adjudication)
  • January 2010 - Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (Sentenced to 2 years confinement)
  • March 2012 - Attempted evading arrest, detention with a vehicle (6 months state jail)
  • December 2013 - Burglary of a motor vehicle (200 days in jail), evading arrest (90 days in jail)
  • May 2014 - Burglary of a vehicle (30 days in jail)
  • September 2014 - Violating protective order (320 days confinement)
  • October 2014 - Burglary of a vehicle (320 days confinement)
  • April 2015 - Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (3 years confinement)
  • November 2020 - Possession of controlled substance (cocaine)
Authorities also added that he could have been denied bond
Authorities also added that he could have been denied bond

KPRC 2 Investigates is further looking into the timeline of charges, sentences, and bond conditions for Ledet and will report additional findings on air and on Click2Houston.com.


About the Authors:

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, social media news and local crime.