TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
An internal affairs investigation conducted by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department concerning a December domestic violence issue has led to the termination of one of the department’s deputies.
Shawn Jackson, who worked as a deputy with the department since Jan. 3, 2011, was removed from the position “immediately” after the results of the investigation, according to Sheriff Colan Harrell.
Through an open records request to the WCSD, the Times-Tribune has obtained several documents relating to Jackson’s termination, including an investigation report written by Sgt. Tim Baker, a response from Deputy Kirk Mays, and other items.
Baker’s report indicates he was assigned on Jan. 8 by Harrell to do an internal affairs investigation concerning an anonymous complaint.
The individual complaining, according to the WCSD report, had overheard Sgt. Steve Lundy with the Whitley County Detention Center alleging Jackson failed to respond to domestic violence complaint.
According to the report, there were three separate calls made to the 911 Dispatch center on Dec. 29 — and all three concerned alleged domestic violence involving a Doolin Branch Road couple and a female friend.
The report further indicates that while there are three calls to 911 Dispatch recorded, only the second and third call recordings were available to review — Jessica Taylor, with 911 Dispatch, was still attempting to get that first recorded call from the domestic violence complaint.
Jackson was the deputy dispatched to investigate the complaint, and did have contact with the alleged victims, according to the report.
However, the report also indicates that while dispatchers informed Jackson of the progression of the calls, he never actually went to the residence to investigate the complaint.
Mays came on duty for the next shift, and the alleged domestic violence situation was still ongoing.
The report states he learned that the male subject involved in the domestic violence issue was possibly intoxicated and driving on the road. Mays felt that would likely stop any possible domestic violence, and went to assist Jackson in locating that suspect.
Later during Mays’ shift, he was assigned to carry an Emergency Protection Order on one of the females involved in the earlier domestic violence case — and found the female had been beaten up, was complaining of chest pains and may have had broken bones, according to the report.
Mays contacted Whitley EMS and she was transported for treatment. It was not known whether charges were pressed in this case — the report states that Baker was unclear who the aggressor was in the domestic violence case.
“This (termination) happened on Friday night,” Jackson said Tuesday afternoon. “The only thing is I disagree with was the termination — I hate that it happened.”
He added that he regretted it for he and his family.
“(The sheriff) had to do what he did from a business standpoint — that’s his decision,” said Jackson, who is running for office of Whitley County Jailer. “It is very unusual this close to campaign season — but we have got to eventually work together as a team.”
He added he had no hard feelings — regardless of past differences. “Sometimes people need to agree to disagree,” Jackson said. “For us to succeed in this county we have to work together to achieve our goals.”