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School bus driver found dead same day after being terminated due to accident involving student

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 19:01:45-04

HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — An investigation is under way after a man was found dead in a parked car at Cedar Gap Park at Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

The Bell County Sheriff's Department says around 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, deputies were dispatched to Cedar Gap Park at Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Harker Heights for an unresponsive person.

When deputies arrived, they found a deceased man sitting in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim has been identified as William "Bill" Jones, Jr. He worked for the Killeen ISD transportation department for 12 years.

Jones was terminated by the district and cited by the Killeen Police Department Tuesday after a student was hit by a truck after exiting the bus.

“We are respectful and sorrowful for all parties involved in this tragic chain of events. We are dedicated to working diligently and compassionately towards providing all parties resolve. We hope the student continues on the path to an expedient recovery, the family finds comfort, and all those involved are able to find peace. This situation remains a very unfortunate accident," said Superintendent Dr. John Craft.

An autopsy has been ordered by Justice of the Peace Bill Cook.

Authorities say this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.