Sherman cop cleared in accidental shooting of off-duty firefighter

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

SHERMAN, TEXAS -- Just after 7 p.m. on March 27th, authorities say Jeff Jones -- an off-duty Sherman firefighter working his second job as a bounty hunter -- was making a bond recovery at a home off South Gribble Street.

The owner of Bulldawg Investigations, who Jones was working for that night, says Jones followed procedure in calling police to assist him.

"Jeff called the Sherman police department to come out there and assist him in making the arrest, and uh, he waited for them, they came out there and then it all went down," Jessie Brown with Bulldawg Investigations said.

Texas Ranger Brad Oliver led the investigation. He says Officer Alex Shivers -- shown here at his swearing in in February 2012 -- was covering the back of the house when he saw Jones approaching, not recognizing him as a bondsman.

Oliver says when Shivers slipped in the mud, Jones pointed a taser at him. Shivers, thinking it was a weapon, fired two gun shots at Jones.

"He was shot once in the abdomen and once in the back of the arm and it, uh, traveled up his arm and out through his shoulder in the front," Brown said.

On April 17th, a grand jury declined to file charges against Officer Shivers.

Sherman police did their own investigation and also found that Shivers was not at fault.

"He was reinstated back to his regular patrol duties on April 18th of this year, 2013," Sgt. D.M. Hampton with Sherman Police Dept. said.

Jessie: We're always mindful of the fact that there is danger out there. We never expected it to happen in the way that it did.

Brown says he understands that the shooting was an accident, but he's still concerned about his colleague.

"Oh, it was terrifying. We did a lot of praying and a lot of worrying for a few days, but once we found out he was going to live, then we just had to start worrying about taking care of him and getting him back on his feet," Brown said.


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