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GBI: Jackson police officer arrested after lying about being shot

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Officer Sherry Hall has been with Jackson City Police for three months. (SOURCE: Jackson City Police) Officer Sherry Hall has been with Jackson City Police for three months. (SOURCE: Jackson City Police)
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A Jackson Police Department officer who allegedly lied about being shot by an unidentified suspect she described as a black male has been arrested on multiple charges and taken to the Butts County Detention Center.

The GBI secured four criminal arrests warrants for false statements, tampering with evidence, interference with government property, and violation of Oath of Office.

After an investigation, it has been determined that there was never a suspect shooter at large in Jackson, Georgia.

Jackson County officer terminated

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued warrants for the arrest of Sherry Hall, who was fired on Friday. Hall is accused of issuing false statements and writings and concealment of facts, tampering with evidence, interfering with government property and violation of oath.

Hall reportedly then fired two shots into the wood line near Camellia Court using a gun issued to her by the Jackson Police Department.

Warrants issued by a GBI investigator allege Hall used a second firearm, also issued to her by the police department, to plant a shell casing she said came from a gun fired by the suspect. The warrants said GBI didn't initially know about that gun. The warrants say Hall used gun before defacing it. She also reportedly didn't tell authorities that she had been issued the gun.

Officer said she was shot, protected by vest

At the time of the alleged shooting, Jackson's Police Chief said the gunman fired one shot and Officer Hall fired at least two shots back. Hall said she was struck in the abdomen, but protected by her vest. 

GBI took over the case. Agents combed the area and knocked on doors trying to find clues to lead them to the shooter. Hall was placed on paid administrative leave and offered counseling to grieve. She was recovering at home.

"I’ve talked with her, she’s in good spirits and really she is ready to try to come back to work," said the chief. "She’s very professional at all costs, she’s highly trained, she gives it her all.”

Previous felony conviction

Records show Hall has also been previously charged with a felony. 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 and received five years of probation.

CBS46's Adam Harding also confirmed that the Jackson police chief knew about Hall's criminal record, but said she was cleared by a Police Officer Standards Organization prior to being hired. 

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