The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has announced that former Jackson officer Sherry Hall was arrested and faces several charges after making up a story about being shot by a Black suspect.
On September 13, Hall reported that she was shot by a Black male and her bulletproof vest saved her life. The GBI has since determined that she fabricated the story and tampered with evidence.
The reported shooting took place only a few months after Hall started the job. The shooting quickly became a high profile case for the area because Hall led the public to believe that the shooter was still on the loose.
Hall participated in several interviews where she detailed the shooting and her immediate reaction.
“He shot me. I can’t believe he shot me,” Hall told TV station WGCL-TV. “Why’d he shoot me? I’m just trying to help him.”
The former Jackson cop initially described the suspect as a 6-foot, 230-pound Black man who wore a green shirt and black jogging pants. Hall told GBI investigators that he immediately took off after shooting her.
Although Hall stuck to her story every time she was questioned by the GBI, investigators were able to spot holes in her account. After more than 600 hours of investigation, which included evidence from the hard drive of the in-car camera system, as well as digital forensic evidence, inconsistencies were found in Hall’s story.
The GBI has not officially affirmed that Hall shot herself; however, much of the evidence suggests that she did.
At this point, the GBI was able to confidently determine that she was not involved in a shooting.
Hall lost her job on September 24, and she was arrested and booked on Monday. She currently faces felony charges of false statements, tampering with evidence, interference with government property and a violation of oath of office.
(Photo: Butts County Sheriff’s Office)
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