Henderson Co. Sheriff: Man shoots neighbor during welfare check

Huey Edward Nichols, 85
Huey Edward Nichols, 85(Henderson County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 7:32 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2021 at 8:37 AM CDT
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HENDERSON COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - An 85-year-old man is charged with murder after shooting a neighbor who came to his home to conduct a welfare check, according to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.

According to a preliminary report from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Huey Edward Nichols was arrested Wednesday after he shot his neighbor through the screen door of his home around 12:45 p.m.

Hillhouse identified the victim as 58-year-old George Jumper. He said Jumper left Nichols’ house after being shot and was taken to a Tyler hospital.

Nichols was originally charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, but now that charge has been upgraded to a murder charge. Nichols is currently in the Henderson County Jail.

According to Sheriff Hillhouse, Nichols fired a single round from a 38-caliber revolver through the door, striking the victim in the upper abdomen. The victim was in critical condition in a Tyler hospital where he later died.

According to Investigator Daniel Wright, Jumper went to the home in the 14000 block of County Road 4811 to check on the welfare of Nichols.

There were no signs of forced entry or a struggle, though the suspect said he was threatened, according to the Sheriff’s office.

The family of the victim said they regularly drop by unannounced to check on the status of Nichols.

Currently, the Sheriff’s Office is being assisted with the investigation by the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Rangers.

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