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Georgia officer Sherry Hall fabricated story she was shot by a black person

September 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Georgia officer Sherry Hall fabricated story she was shot by a black person

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Georgia Police officer Sherry Hall dishonestly claimed that a suspect shot her in her bulletproof vest and fled into nearby woods, officials announced on Friday.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents obtained a warrant charging Officer Sherry Hall with tampering, interference with government property, false statements, and a violation of oath of office, the GBI reported.

Hall went into a health facility seeking help on Friday afternoon. Hall, who is a white police officer, said in a radio call on September 13th that a black suspect shot her in the abdomen and ran off during her patrol that night.

Joe Wooten, the special agent in charge of GBI’s Milledgeville office, stated: “After following leads and evidence, the investigation has now revealed that there is no, and never was, a suspect shooter at large in Jackson, Georgia,”

During a Friday afternoon press conference in Jackson, which is located about 50 miles southeast of Atlanta, officials refused to comment on whether or not Hall shot herself. Wooten stated that Butts County sheriff’s deputies will book her on felony charges after her release from the private healthcare facility.

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hall initially told investigators she didn’t have her patrol vehicle’s video and audio equipment on at the time of the incident. However, agents later found a video on the hard drive that negated her story, Wooten announced.

GBI investigators also indicated that she had neglected to inform them that she had a second department-issued gun. Hall reportedly planted a shell casing and maintained the suspect had fired it into her vest, charging documents revealed.

Wooten said the investigation is still ongoing, but Towaliga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Milam said the city could now rest a little easier.

“There is no person out there with a gun shooting at our police officers,” said Milam. “There is no person out there that needs to be found.”

Hall served five years of probation and paid a $1,700 fine after being apprehended on criminal destruction of property charges back in the ’90s before she became a police officer.

James Morgan, the Jackson Police Chief, said that the woman has been placed on leave pending the conclusion of the investigation. He described the charges and warrant against officer Sherry Hall as “an unfortunate incident.”

However, Butts County Sheriff Gary Long referred to the situation a “horrific event.” He said police officers, just as all human beings, make errors sometimes.

“This is not a mistake. This is a criminal,” Long stated. “She’ll have a lot of time to think about what she’s done.”

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