Grand Jury Presents Facts in Jackson County Shootings

By: Heather Waliga Email
By: Heather Waliga Email

The Jackson County grand jury has been looking into the January shootings at the home of Sheriff McDaniel and Friday, that jury presented its commentary.

The presentment outlined the facts of what happened the night of January 30th.

The grand jury deliberated on the facts of the case around 3:30 Friday afternoon.

According to State Attorney Steve Meadows, presentments can either be complimentary or critical.

In this case, the grand jury commended Jackson County Sheriff Captain Joey Rabon and Corporal Billy Dozier for their bravery and quick actions on that tragic night.

In the report, the grand jury notes that Sheriff McDaniel did not fire any shots, in fact, he was unarmed.

It also says suspect Lionel Sands immediately opened fire on the sheriff when he arrived.

Captain Rabon and Corporal Dozier were the two officers on the scene who fired their weapons.

Both suspects were killed by bullets fired from Corporal Dozier’s 40 caliber gun.

Lionel Sands was shot four times and Daniel Brown was shot three times.

The grand jury commended the deputies for their heroism and bravery. He says their actions prevented any further violence from occurring.

State Attorney Steve Meadows said, "The presentment that you have in front of you today is one in which the grand jury felt was important to commend the actions of the officers for their heroism and quick actions that saved lives and protected the community."

He also says it’s a way to help bring closure to the victims' family and friends.

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