Eugene Liger was shot and killed in Missouri City, Texas on Tuesday, July 21. His killer was identified in a shocking statement just before he drew his last breath in a Texas hospital. Liger’s wife, 43-year-old Jacqueline Thomas, claimed that her husband’s shooting was an accident, but things changed when her husband revealed the truth just before he died.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Jacqueline Thomas called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday claiming that her 42-year-old husband was shot in the chest and needed medical assistance. In the initial report, Thomas told police that the shooting was accidental. Per Eugene Liger’s dying words: it wasn’t.
Police officers arrived at 1010 American Drive in Missouri City just after the call. First responders rushed Liger to the hospital where life-saving measures were attempted but ultimately failed. Before he died, however, Thomas’ husband revealed that the shooting was on purpose, and not as his wife previously claimed.
Police Captain Paul Poulton from the Missouri City Police Department reported that “at the scene,” Eugene Liger “was still conscious and alert enough to give a statement that was inconsistent with his wife’s statement.” The captain continued, saying that the statement “did not even closely match his wife’s comments.”
“Once officers arrived, looked at the scene and some inconsistencies in the stories and a statement by the victim,” Captain Poulton said. “It was discovered it was not so accidental.”
Liger’s exact statement has not yet been revealed to the public. Police have not clarified how Eugene Liger’s dying words incriminated his wife. Despite the lack of specifics, Jacqueline Thomas is sitting behind bars after Liger allegedly blamed her with his last breath.
Investigators did reveal that there was some kind of disturbance at the home just before the shooting. The nature of the alleged argument has not been revealed and authorities are still gathering information. As of now, it’s not entirely clear what happened inside the Lexington Square home.
“Once the investigation is complete, police will turn the case over to us to review for formal charges,” the Fort Bend County executive assistant district attorney explained. Jacqueline Thomas is behind bars at Fort Bend County Jail after she allegedly shot her husband in the chest.
According to reports, Liger sustained a fatal wound to his upper torso and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have not identified a motive in the shooting and have not formally charged Jacqueline Thomas with a crime. It’s unclear whether she will face manslaughter charges or if she will be charged with murder.
Jacqueline Thomas and Eugene Liger shared a 5-month-old child. The baby was home when the fatal shooting occurred, though it’s unclear who is caring for the baby after the deadly incident. Thomas and Liger had four children from prior relationships.
Missouri City has a relatively small crime rate compared to its neighbors. The Texas city’s crime rate is only 95, which is higher than 38.7 percent of U.S. cities, but still 2.9 times smaller than the U.S. average. Its neighboring city, Houston, has a crime rate of 523.