ABILENE, Texas - Paperwork obtained from the Jones County Courthouse shows that officials were aware that a deputy charged in connection to an Abilene shooting was fired from the Taylor County Sheriff's Office prior to her application to work for the Jones County Sheriff's Office.
Stephanie Fenner, 26, was arrested in late April for allegedly firing at a truck containing her girlfriend and another woman in the intersection of Old Anson Road and North Clack Street.
KTXS obtained copies of Fenner's employment records from Jones County and the application shows Fenner has relatives working for Jones County and listed her reason for leaving the Taylor County Sheriff's Office as termination/conflict with a co-worker. Other paperwork filed at the Jones County Courthouse shows Fenner applied for a deputy position on April 14, 2011 – just two days after she was dishonorably discharged from the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.
Fenner had been written up while working for alcohol and gun-related incidents while working for TCSO. In her application to become a Jones County deputy, Fenner admitted to using alcohol "socially."
For the time being, Fenner has been suspended from the Jones County Sheriff's Office without pay. She was placed on medical leave April 26, upon her request after the alleged shooting, and was placed on unpaid leave May 2 shortly after Abilene police filed a formal charge against Fenner in connection to the shooting.
A search warrant filed with the 42nd District Court and signed by Judge John Weeks shows another Jones County deputy may have been involved in the alleged shooting's crime scene.
The police officer who filed the warrant claims the victim of the shooting called Fenner's Jones Co. Supervisor, Sgt. Sara Alfaro, to the scene for assistance in calming Fenner down. The officer said he learned Alfaro had reportedly recovered two shell casings from the crime scene and that police were later able to recover the casings from Alfaro.
KTXS reached out to APD Chief Stan Standridge to learn whether charges could be filed against Alfaro. He said the case has been handed over to the Taylor County District Attorney's office and any additional charges would be considered by staff within that office.
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