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Texas Officer Killed by Flesh-Eating Bacteria

October 23, 2014  | 

Officer Johnnie Jones (Photo: Northeast PD)
Officer Johnnie Jones (Photo: Northeast PD)

A 37-year-old North Texas police officer died recently--not from fighting crime and criminals, but from a flesh-eating bacterial infection.

Officer Johnnie Jones with the Northeast Police Department in Denton County was seemingly healthy last Wednesday, but died Monday.

"He picked me up from work last Wednesday afternoon, and he was complaining that he didn't feel good -- he was kind of tired and that his leg was hurting,” Jones' wife April told KDFW TV.

Last Thursday, April took Jones to Denton Regional Medical Center. He'd gotten sicker, and doctors soon told her just how sick. "They said that he contracted a bacterial flesh eating infection," said April.

“I mean, I've asked the doctors, you know, tons of questions. How could he have possibly contracted this? And every doctor that came into his room told me it could be a million and one different reasons he contracted it.”

Northeast Police Chief James Egland says Jones was one of only eight in the small police department, adding that the department is simply devastated over Jones' untimely death.

A GoFundMe care fund has been established for April and her 5-year-old daughter.

Comments (5)

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EODK9Trainer @ 10/23/2014 2:30 PM

Oh man. Sorry to hear about Officer Jones. Sounds horrible.

kevCopAz @ 10/23/2014 5:17 PM

May God rest his soul, what a terrible way to die. We all know that he contracted this at work, but watch the Feds not payout saying there isn't any proof it was related to his work as man officer. YOU all know that this particular administration will do that. His only saving grace may be that he is a minority, sad to say but true. IF this was a non-working, illegal alien or other criminal the government would pay out as much as they could legally without hesitation.

TheRookie @ 10/23/2014 5:34 PM

What doctors actually know & believe are 2 different things. So many of these diseases that are out there that they have no idea about. Seems to be especially prevalent in the State of Texas where many bacteria disease carrying people are coming into the U.S. from.

Magnus Canis @ 10/23/2014 7:30 PM

It is very likely this Officer had died from MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of highly contagious staph virus. Although the staph virus is all around us there is a strain that has become highly resistant to anti virals and anti bacterials. This virus has also mutated into the flesh eating virus. In some of our state prisons we were getting inmates from county jails infected with the virus and as a result Correctional Officers were also getting infected, notably with one Correctional Officer losing a portion of his arm. What starts out as a red blistery sore with peaks in fevered temperature can swiftly turn into a large festering smelly sore and if left untreated can become a flesh eating virus. Many people, inmates as well as Law Enforcement can catch this through poor hygien and not washing or disinfecting tools of the trade ie: handcuffs and other restraint gear. Everyone when coming into contact with prisoner or inmates should disinfect with a sanitizer.

Bill @ 10/23/2014 8:49 PM

Or, we have an invasion on our Southern border that does not screen for health hazards.

Meanwhile, did you hear about Duck Dynasty, the Washington Redskins, or Wendy Davis?

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