HOUSTON — A Houston police Officer’s girlfriend is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend, who died at her home earlier this month.
Karen H. Jones, 23, is charged in a Houston court with capital murder, according to an indictment filed in Houston.
Jones is also charged with capital burglary, the indictment states.
She is being held in the Harris County Jail without bond.
Her boyfriend, James Jones, was found dead at her house on April 19.
HPD released a statement about Jones’s arrest Tuesday, saying the department is committed to investigating the incident as swiftly as possible.
“We are aware of the allegations made by a third party that led to the arrest of Karen Jones,” the statement said.
“As a department, we take this matter very seriously and will conduct an internal investigation into this matter as quickly as possible.”
Jones’s arrest follows the release of a video showing a woman who lives at Jones’s home in Houston yelling at officers who were responding to the incident.
Police said the woman was not a threat and that officers had no choice but to use force to stop her.
“Officers used deadly force to remove the suspect from the residence,” Houston police spokesman Mike Ernster said.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office also released a video of the encounter that showed Jones and her boyfriend arguing.
As officers approached the woman, she allegedly told them she had an appointment to pick her up at the end of the night.
She then allegedly said she needed a ride home, but when officers attempted to get her to her destination, she pushed them off her and began kicking and punching them.
Officers then used a Taser on the woman to subdue her, according the video.
A second video shows officers using a Tazer on the suspect.
One officer used a chokehold on the victim, who was handcuffed, before another officer used the stun gun on her.
Jones is being charged with the second-most serious count of capital murder in Harris County.