After 6-Year-Old's Death, a 'New Era' in Training Begins for Bexar County Deputies

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On December 21, Bexar County deputies opened fire on an unarmed woman suspected of car theft, killing her and an unrelated 6-year-old boy who happened to be inside a mobile home she was standing in front of.

While all deputies on the scene reported seeing a gun on the suspect, Amanda Lene Jones, at some point in their lengthly pursuit, no weapon was found on or near Jones's body after her death. This left the public struggling to understand why, exactly, four deputies chose to open fire in such a risky environment.

As the District Attorney's investigation into the fatal shooting plays out behind closed doors, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar is using the moment to increase training hours for all deputies and incoming cadets.

On Monday, Salazar kicked off what his communications team calls a "new era in training" by doubling all deputies mandatory training hours (from 40 hours every other year to 40 hours annually) and adding one more week to the 10-week-long detention cadet training schedule. Two new cadet classes began Monday morning.

Salazar said these training changes have been in the works since he entered the office a year ago, and aren't directly related to the shooting death of 6-year-old Kameron Prescott. At a December 22 press conference, Salazar called the incident a "tragic accident."

"It appears that policies and procedures were complied with," Salazar said.

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