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Documents show suspect killed in Longview standoff used meth, assaulted roommate

By Richard Yeakley
May 10, 2013 at 10 p.m.

The registered nurse gunned down by Longview police after an hours-long armed standoff Thursday had been using methamphetamine and assaulted her roommate earlier in the day.

According to court documents filed as the standoff wore on, police were attempting to arrest Candace Jackson for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon based on a complaint filed earlier Thursday by her roommate, identified as "K. Aldredge."

Jackson, 38, died of multiple gunshot wounds to her head and chest, according to a preliminary autopsy report released Friday by Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson. Police said she was shot after emerging from a tear-gas filled house and firing toward officers.

On Friday, yellow crime scene tape encircled the house at 2007 Eden Drive as investigators photographed a series of bullet holes that riddled windows and doors of the brick home where Jackson holed up as she engaged officers much of Thursday afternoon.

The criminal complaint filed at the height of the standoff about 4 p.m. Thursday in the 124th District Court alleges Jackson earlier had tried to shoot Aldredge.

The Texas Board of Nursing lists a K. Aldredge as a registered nurse also residing at 2007 Eden Drive.

According to the complaint, Aldredge told police she was in the home when Jackson came in "acting strangely." She also told police Jackson "had been using methamphetamine recently."

Because of her roommate's behavior, Aldredge said, she left the house and called police hoping to get help for Jackson. On Thursday, police said they received a call at 1:18 p.m. asking officers to check on the welfare of a person at the residence.

"Aldredge stated that she went back to the residence and that as she walked back, Jackson came walking towards her. Aldredge stated that she could see a gun in Jackson's pants pocket," the criminal complaint reads.

"She said that Jackson told her that this was going to be a 'show down' and called Aldredge the 'Antichrist.' "

At that point, minutes before dozens of law enforcement officers descended on the quiet neighborhood, the two women struggled for control of the gun outside the home, with Aldredge wrestling it from Jackson. In the process, Aldredge was struck in the eye, according to the documents.

"She told (police) that she held Jackson at gun point until she was able to flag down a passing car. At that time, Aldredge says that Jackson went back into the house," the complaint says.

Aldredge told officers there were numerous firearms in the home.

Texas records regarding concealed weapons permits are no longer public record, according to a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, the licensing agency. A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said there is no federal clearinghouse to determine gun ownership. Longview police declined to say what weapons were found in the home.

At 1:39 p.m. Thursday, police said they received another call reporting an armed person inside the home and that several shots had been heard in the area. Longview police SWAT and Crisis Intervention and Negotiations Unit officers, along with officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, swarmed the neighborhood and cordoned off a large area. Officers reported being fired on from the house when they arrived.

A prepared statement from police issued after Jackson was killed said officers took fire both when they arrived and again as she exited after tear gas had been fired into it.

A News-Journal reporter near the scene heard shots about 4:40 p.m. About 5 p.m., police said the standoff had ended with Jackson fatally wounded.

Also Friday, a Longview police officer involved in the standoff was placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure in such situations, said department spokeswoman Kristie Brian. She declined to provide information about the officer or the officer's role in the standoff.

Jackson, who had no criminal history in Gregg County, was listed by the Texas Board of Nursing as a Longview resident with a current nursing license.

She had worked at Good Shepherd Medical Center from May 2010 until resigning Feb. 3, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.

While working at the hospital, Jackson received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses in 2011. According to information on the Daisy Foundation's website, she was recognized because she "consistently goes beyond the expected to the exceptional."

A patient testimonial said in part: "She was the first person in years that made me smile, laugh, & 'want' to take better care of my heart condition. ... Thanks Candace and if I have to return to the 3rd floor, I hope I'm lucky enough to have you as my nurse."

Gwen Martin, a neighbor, said that while homeowners on the block do not interact often, she never had a negative encounter with Jackson.

"She was nice as she could be ... she mowed the yard a lot, was always working in it," Martin said.

Jameson, the justice of the peace, ordered an autopsy to be completed by Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas. Results of the final autopsy may not be available for more than a month.

The shooting and standoff are being investigated by Texas Rangers.



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