The Jefferson Police Department officer involved in an Oct. 5 confrontation at a Jefferson restaurant has been fired and the department is changing its policy about how it will handle any similar incidents in the future.
Sgt. Billy McDaniel was terminated last week following an internal investigation of the incident.
According to the JPD investigative file, McDaniel was heavily intoxicated at the restaurant, attempting to pick fights with patrons and being disruptive.
Two JPD officers were called to the restaurant and allowed McDaniel to leave the scene with a friend despite the fact that he had made threats to kill his wife and stepchildren and had physically grabbed one of the JPD officers.
One of the officers said later that if it had been anybody else, they would have made an arrest. The two officers had also turned off their recording devices during the incident, a violation of departmental policy.
Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman said in a memo about the incident that in the future if a JPD officer is involved in any kind of criminal or civil dispute, another agency will handle the call.
For the full story, see the Oct. 29 issue of The Jackson Herald.