Cop shoots Fire Chief... in court! Because judge dismissed ticket!!!
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POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS ASST. FIRE CHIEF INSIDE COURTROOM
FOLLOWING A STORY LINE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN written in the 19th century, a small-town cop pulled his gun and shot a man who just had his ticket thrown out by a judge, as well as a fellow officer who was accidentally shot in the finger.
Jericho, Arkansas, is a tiny, rural town of about 150 souls that sits on a gravel road. The town hall/courthouse is a small, woodframe building that stands alone alongside a railroad track. And the Jericho Police Dept. has been under investigation by the state police for several weeks.
On Thursday night the courthouse was packed while the judge heard the monthly traffic cases. Around 8 pm he threw out every single ticket that the PD had written during the entire month. This so enraged one of the police officers that he got into an argument with one of the defendants and then pulled out his service revolver and shot the community’s assistant fire chief in the back. The next day, the judge resigned.
The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office says the Jericho Police Department’s been under investigation for weeks for allegedly writing tickets outside their jurisdiction and for things that are not crimes. Dep. Sheriff Martin says, “they write a large amount of traffic tickets, that’s one question that arose is are they trying to use this as a funding source of their city.” He also said that charges against the officer could be filed this week.