Former sheriff’s investigator charged in shooting

Former Jefferson County Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Jackson was formally charged Thursday morning with first-degree battery stemming from an incident at Swann’s Bar and Grill on July 5.

Jackson, 39, who was assigned to the Tri-County Drug Task Force, was charged with shooting Dedric Jones, 36, of Pine Bluff in the chest outside the nightclub just before 3:30 a.m.

Bond for Jackson was set at $10,000 and, according to an order signed by Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter that set the bond, Jackson was ordered not to possess any dangerous weapons or indulge in intoxicating liquor or illegal drugs and was ordered not to have any contact or communication with Jones.

An arrest warrant will be issued for Jackson and once he is served with that warrant, he will be processed at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center and allowed to post bond.

A probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Detective Jeremy Oswalt said police spoke to a security guard at the nightclub who told officers a subject he knew as Randy (later identified as Jackson) and another subject known only as Antonio were arguing and the security guard told both to leave.

The affidavit said Jackson showed the guard a badge and told him he was a sheriff’s deputy and “had the situation handled.”

The other man got in his vehicle and left and according to the security guard’s statement, he told Jackson to leave and Jackson refused.

When the security guard went back into the club to get the manager, he reported hearing a gunshot and saw Jones on the ground and “Randy” get into a newer model white Dodge truck and leave the scene.

Jackson was taken into custody at about 4 a.m. July 5 at an apartment on East 7th Avenue and taken to the detective division where he was questioned by Oswalt.

According to the affidavit, Jackson said he had gone to the club to pick up someone and while waiting on the person he was there to pick up to come out of the building, an unknown man (later identified as Jones) approached him and started to argue with him.

Jackson said Jones pushed him and then reached under his shirt.

“Investigator Jackson stated he thought Mr. Jones was going for a gun and it was at this time he drew his weapon from his holster and fired a single shot at Mr. Jones,” Oswalt said in the affidavit. “Investigator Jackson then stated that multiple subjects started approaching him and he felt like his life was in danger so he left the scene.”

Oswalt said when he questioned Jones at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jones said Jackson and Jones’ friend that he knew only as “Antonio” were arguing. Jones said when Antonio left, Jackson approached him and started to argue with him.

“Mr. Jones then stated that Investigator Jackson put his finger in Mr. Jones’ face and Mr. Jones pushed Investigator Jackson’s hand away,” Oswalt said in the affidavit. “Mr. Jones stated it was at this time that Investigator Jackson shot him.”

Jackson was placed on paid administrative leave by the sheriff’s office after the shooting and submitted his resignation July 11, which, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Major Lafayette Woods Jr., “was accepted as submitted.”

The case was assigned to Fifth Division Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis.