Jack Fields, a former football star at Americas High School who went on to play for Boise State University, was shot and killed in an altercation with a sheriff deputy in Georgia Thursday night, according to news reports.
WJBF, KTSM 9 News’ sister station, reported that Fields was killed at about 8 p.m. in the lobby of a Residence Inn in Augusta after he allegedly stabbed a Richmond County Sheriff Deputy.
Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan told WJBF that Deputy Stephan Psillos was called to the hotel and encountered Fields. When Psillos tried to place Fields under arrest, the El Pasoan allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the deputy multiple times.
Psillos shot Fields one time, killing him. His body was been taken to a crime lab for an autopsy, Morgan told WJBF.
The deputy was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Fields was a football star for Americas, who graduated in 2012. He accepted a scholarship with Boise State and played with the Broncos until 2015.
Americas football coach Patrick Melton, who mentored Fields as a junior and senior, tweeted out his heartbreak.
He tweeted: “It is in times like this that everyone should realize cherish every second, love your family friends and teams as much as you can. Life is finite and has no guarentees(sic). Blazer family let’s celebrate our brothers life and not morn his death. I love all of you like sons.”
It is in times like this that everyone should realize cherish every second, love your family friends and teams as much as you can. Life is finite and has no guarentees. Blazer family let’s celebrate our brothers life and not morn his death. I love all of you like sons.— trailblazers (@epamericasfb) November 16, 2018
Americas will be playing for a Bi-District Championship with heavy hearts Friday night, following the passing of Fields. The Trailblazers host Midland Lee at the SAC.
Running back Aaron Dumas is wearing No. 21 during the game in honor of fields.
Jack Field’s younger brother, Josh Fields, who plays running back at UTEP, is not traveling with the team for Saturday’s game at Western Kentucky due to Jack’s death.
Socorro Independent School District also sent out a statement regarding Jack Fields’ death.
“The Socorro Independent School District and Americas High School is deeply saddened by the news about Jack Fields, a 2012 graduate of Americas High School,” the statement said. “Jack was a respected and talented student-athlete and leader while at Americas High School. We do not know the details of the tragic incident that occurred in Georgia last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fields family, as well as the officer involved.”
EP Gridiron’s YouTube page has several highlight videos of Jack Fields in action. Here is one of them:
Here is what others had to say on Twitter about Fields death:
Still stunned after hearing about my former teammate Jack Fields. Hard working, selfless and a loving man of God. Prayers to both the officer for a speedy recovery and Jacks Family. I cant imagine the hardship going on. Time to shine a light on mental health pic.twitter.com/9YtDLQawpQ— Rob Ash (@heyyoitsrobb) November 16, 2018
Thank you brother for always being there for me when I needed you the most you definitely made an impact in my life . You’ll always be in my heart 👑 #JF21 pic.twitter.com/gRDcoDwnQz— Albert Delgado (@Albyygreat3) November 16, 2018
Not the news i wanted to wake up too today….I lost a brother last night….we talked about linking up when I got back to EP! Two of a few to make it out of Americas and finish their college playing careers! You’ll be missed! I love you #JF21 -Your QB— Christian Escobar (@Coach8Escobar) November 16, 2018