Jackson Georgia Police Officer Charged With Felonies
On September 24, 2016, Jackson, Georgia police officer Sherry Hall was terminated from her job. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced a day earlier that Hall faced felony charges of false statements, tampering with evidence, interference with government property and a violation of oath of office.
On Monday October 3, 2016, Hall was arrested, charged with the 4 felonies above.
Sherry Hall had been on her job with the Jackson police department for approximately 3 months when, on the night of September 13, 2016, she radioed in that she had been shot. Hall described the shooter as a Black man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants. She said the bullet struck her vest, and she credited that with saving her life. Hall said that the man ran.
Authorities put out the description of the shooter and started looking for him in the small, peaceful community where the shooting happened.
Only, there was no shooter at large. Hall made up the story.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that law enforcement officials spent more than 600 hours examining the case. Hall’s story began to fall apart.
“At first, she said she failed to “engage her in-car video and audio,” so there was no evidence to back her up. But Wooten (GBI Special Agent Joe Wooten), said the manufacturer helped recover digital forensic evidence that showed “inconsistencies.”
Hall told investigators that 3 shots were fired. Video and audio recording evidence shows there were only two shots fired at the scene.
Hall did not tell investigators that she had an extra handgun with her the night she was shot. It was found after officials executed a search warrant at her house.
The District Attorney said Hall wasn’t even on a police call at the time she reported being shot.
Butts County Sheriff Gary Long told the Atlantic Journal Constitution;
“Cops are humans and they make mistakes, but this is not a mistake. This is criminal.”
Innocent Man Held 48 Hours Because Of Hall’s False Story
While investigating the shooting, CBS reports that Shepherd Turner was mistaken for being Hall’s shooter.
Shepherd was doing mechanical work on a four-wheeler for a woman, and had permission to be on her property when he was questioned by the police. Shepherd told CBS that the woman called 911 and said he was trespassing. She produced a gun and said that the gun was the weapon used to shoot Hall. The woman stated that she found the gun inside a bag in her yard and that the bag also contained a ski mask.
Shepherd stated that he was held for 48 hours without questioning or being told what was going on. After 48 hours, he was released without explanation. Butts County sheriff’s deputies said the vague description of the shooter resembled Turner and what little was known about the gun also matched.
Of last report, the woman has not been charged with making a false report.
Press Conference Announcing Hall’s Arrest