Mug shot of former officer Sherry Hall, arrested Monday and booked into Butts County jail on four felony charges
Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation secured a warrant charging Jackson Officer Sherry Hall with false statements, tampering, interference with government property and a violation of oath of office, according to the GBI.
Jackson Officer Sherry Hall lost her job Sept. 24. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had announced a day earlier that she faces felony charges of false statements, tampering with evidence, interference with government property and a violation of oath of office.
Sheriff’s deputies in Butts County, roughly 50 miles southeast of Atlanta, arrested Hall on Monday after she checked out of a private facility. Investigators have sought to calm the community after the apparent Sept. 13 shooting led to a manhunt for the suspect.
On September 13, 2016 Sherry Hall called out over the radio that she had been shot. Several law enforcement officers from the Jackson PD and the Butts County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to assist in the officer down call. Sherry Hall alleged through three separate interviews with the GBI that she was shot by a black male subject who was positioned near the wood line at the cul-de-sac. She further advised that she did not engage her in car video and audio recording equipment.
After following the leads and evidence, the investigation revealed that there is no, and never was, a suspect shooter at large in Jackson, Georgia.
“There is no person out there with a gun shooting at our police officers. There is no person out there that needs to be found,” Towaliga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Milam said late last month.
Hall said on the radio shortly after midnight that a black man shot her in her bulletproof vest and fled from a Jackson cul-de-sac into the nearby forest, according to the GBI.
Investigators said she repeated her fabrication in three different interviews, and Hall described the shooting in an appearance on local network,WGCL-TV.
“He shot me. I can’t believe he shot me,” Hall told the TV station. “Why’d he shoot me? I’m just trying to help him.”
The story fell apart after more than 600 hours of investigative work, GBI agents said. Her bond had yet to be set Monday afternoon.
In her initial ststement, Hall first told GBI investigators her police cruiser’s video and audio recording equipment were turned off at the time of the midnight shooting, however, the agents later discovered a video on the hard drive that disproved her account of events.
She had also failed to disclose that she had a second department-issued handgun. According to the GBI agents, Hall planted a shell casing from the Glock .27 and claimed the suspect had fired it into her bulletproof vest, according to charging documents.
Hall was scheduled to make her first appearance “just like everybody else” in court Tuesday, Butts County Sheriff’s assistant Amanda Mac said.
Records show that before embarking on a police career, Hall has also been previously convicted on a felony charge and receivedand received five years of probation. She was charged with first-degree criminal damage to property more than 20 years ago in the 90s after an arrest in Spalding County. She was fined $1,700 in addition to the probation.
But it turns out he Jackson police chief knew about Hall’s criminal record, but said she was cleared by a Police Officer Standards Organization prior to being hired.