Update: Jones County Deputy Stephanie Fenner Indicted

Published 04/30 2014 05:27PM

Updated 11/12 2014 10:24AM

08/21/14 4:23 p.m. Update: Jones County Deputy Stephanie Fenner has been indicted by a grand jury.

She was arrested for allegedly shooting at two victims in a pickup and then fighting with officers upon their arrival on April 25.

She was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of deadly conduct.

Read below for all coverage updates and further details on the case.

05/05/14 4:01 p.m. Update:
New details have emerged indicating that Stephanie Fenner, the Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested for allegedly shooting at two victims and then fighting with officers who found her intoxicated when they arrived, was fired from Taylor County in 2011 for another offense involving guns and alcohol.

A termination letter from Taylor County dated April 11 of 2011 indicated that Fenner was dismissed from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department for an event that occurred on March 28 of the same year.

The letter alleges that Fenner had become heavily intoxicated while staying at an unspecified hotel, and at some point during her stay on March 28, she got into an argument with another deputy.

According to the document, hotel security was called to the room twice due to noise complaints.

Eventually, Fenner pulled two loaded pistols out and pointed them at the other deputy.

It was this behavior that resulted in her termination on April 11, 2011.

To read the full letter, open the document above.

05/02/14 5:02 p.m. Update:
The full news conference conducted Friday morning by Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge concerning the detainment and eventual arrest of Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephanie Fenner may be viewed above.

05/02/14 3:56 p.m. Update:
The Jones County Sheriff's Department has released a statement regarding the arrest of Jones County Sheriff's Deputy Stephanie Fenner.

The statement confirms that Fenner has been placed on administrative suspension without pay while the investigation continues.

It has also been confirmed by the Jones County Attorney that the gun Fenner allegedly used to shoot at the two victims in the truck was Fenner's personal firearm and was not issued to her by Jones County.

The statement sent out by the Jones County Sheriff's Department reads as follows:

The department was notified on Saturday, April 26, about an incident in Abilene, Texas, involving an off-duty deputy sheriff for the department that occurred on April 25, 2014. The department, at that time, was told that Stephanie Fenner was detained for suspicion of public intoxication and later released. Stephanie Fenner has been employed by the department as a deputy since May 2011. The department was later notified by Abilene Police Department regarding an additional charge and Deputy Fenner was subsequently arrested Monday, April 28, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon--family violence. The department has cooperated with the Abilene Police Department and will continue to do so. After the initial incident, and on April 26, 2014, Stephanie Fenner took medical leave. After reviewing the facts known at this time, the Sheriff has made the decision to place Stephanie Fenner on administrative suspension without pay as allowed in the department's policy manual. The department and the Sheriff will continue to monitor the situation and will make any additional comment as the need arises.

05/02/14 1:20 p.m. Update:
Jones County Sheriff Larry Moore and his Chief Deputy are meeting this afternoon with the Jones County Attorney to discuss Stephanie Fenner's employment. She has asked to be placed on paid medical leave.

05/02/14 11:30 a.m. Update

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge held a news conference Friday morning regarding the arrest of Jones County Sheriff's Deputy Stephanie Renee Fenner earlier this week. The Monday arrest followed the investigation into a bizarre series of events that occurred late Friday night, April 25.

Standridge says Fenner was intoxicated when officers showed up at a convenience store at Old Anson Road and North Clack Street following a disturbance call. Fenner had allegedly gotten out of her pickup and shot at the truck three times with a semi-automatic handgun; two other people were still inside the truck. Fenner then started walking away, and the two victims in the truck told the convenience store clerk to call 911.

Officers said they did not see a gun when they arrived on scene, but noticed Fenner was intoxicated. The Jones County deputy rushed an officer as he was attempting to detain her, forcing the officer to tase Fenner.

However, even after being tased, Fenner continued to fight until officers were able to get handcuffs on her. Abilene police say they never saw a gun, and were unaware of the shots being fired. Standridge admitted that officers at the scene did not interview the convenience store clerk or the two victims in the pickup truck.

The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation was called in response to several suicidal threats Fenner made during her transfer to the Law Enforcement Center, where they met with and interviewed her.

It was determined that Fenner was not suicidal, and though Chief Standridge said officers knew Fenner had committed several crimes that night, an Abilene police supervisor let the 26-year-old deputy go home with her parents, instead of going to jail. Fenner's father, Patrick Fenner, was a longtime Abilene police officer and now works in law enforcement in Jones County.

The next day, Saturday, April 26, a victim of the assault called Abilene police asking why Fenner was not in jail and told police about the gunshots, which then lead to an investigation and Fenner's arrest on Monday.

Standridge said the APD officers who neglected to interview the witnesses at the scene, and the supervisor who allowed Fenner to go home with her parents have been reprimanded. The officers involved have not been named.

Also on Monday, April 28, investigators located the handgun and the pickup. Abilene police say they know how the handgun was relocated from the scene to a home in Jones County, but they are not releasing that information at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

It is suspected that other Jones County employees may have committed crimes related to this incident.

The investigation continues and additional charges are expected.

Original Story

A deputy with the Jones County Sheriff's Department has been arrested, and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Family Violence.

26-year-old Stephanie Renee Fenner was arrested by Abilene police officers Monday at the Jones County Sheriff's Office in Anson. She was released Tuesday on $35,000 bond.

APD detectives say Fenner was involved in a disturbance that occurred in a pickup truck with two other people in the area of Old Anson Road and N. Clack St. late Friday night, April 25.

Fenner allegedly got out of the truck and fired three bullets from a semi-automatic handgun. One of the bullets hit the truck, with the two others still inside.

Police say Fenner was in a dating relationship with one of them.

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