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Tom Bean Mayor Pro-tem arrested for deadly conduct

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Published: Apr. 6, 2018 at 10:20 PM CDT
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Another Tom Bean City Councilman arrested, this time for deadly conduct after allegedly shooting in the direction of two people while trying to kill some dogs.

Body camera video shows 72-year-old Tom Bean Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Lonnie Jones being taken into custody Friday morning.

Police tell us they were called to the corner of FM 902 and FM 2729 a little before 11 a.m. following a shots fired report.

When officers arrived, they said they found Jones in his pickup truck, and a couple from Garland wanting to press charges.

In the video, Jones can be heard telling police he was aiming at two dogs for killing his cat. Part of the conversation with one of the arresting officers went as follows:

"That pit-bull over there and a black and brindle colored one come in my backyard and killed my cat. And they were back there tearing it apart. And they ran out.”

“So you chased it down and shot it?”

“Yes. And I'm going to do the other black and white one when I find it.”

“No, you can't be shooting things out here from the road.”

“That's my cat. And y'all can do what you want to me but that cat’s been with me for 15 years."

"That cat means everything to me."

"It's a complicated situation obviously when someone is upset over the loss of a pet,” Tom Bean Police Chief Timothy Green said.

Green said there was enough evidence at the scene to determine Jones knowingly fired at or the direction of the two people while trying to kill the dogs.

"The natural response would be to try to dispatch that animal,” Green said. “Which obviously is legal under Texas law. But it's not legal to do so if you're standing in the middle of a public roadway and you're discharging it in the direction of a human being. That makes it illegal."

Jones is set to be arraigned over the weekend. If convicted he faces between 2 and 10 years in prison.