Jones County sheriff's deputy accused of shooting at love interest

Abilene police chief to hold news conference 'concerning this investigation' Friday

Questions remain in arrest of Jones County Sheriff's deputy over shooting

ABILENE, Texas - A Jones County sheriff's deputy has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after she allegedly fired multiple shots at a truck that had her love interest inside.

Stephanie Renee Fenner, 26, of Hawley is charged with shooting at two people in the pickup, including one who was in a "dating relationship with Fenner," an Abilene Police Department news release said Thursday.

No one was injured.

The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Friday, April 25 – at a 7-Eleven convenience store – near the intersection of Old Anson Road and North Clack Street.

Fenner wasn't arrested until Monday afternoon, April 28, when she was picked up at the Jones County Sheriff's Office, the release said.

Fenner was released from jail after posting $35,000 bail.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday in the Law Enforcement Center "concerning this investigation," spokesman George Spindler said in the news release.

An Abilene police investigation showed Fenner and one of two victims had been involved in a disturbance, the news release said, that "escalated when Fenner exited a pickup truck and then discharged three rounds from a semi-automatic handgun."

"Both victims were inside the truck when the truck was struck by one of the rounds," the Abilene police release said.

Danny Jimenez, chief deputy for Jones County Sheriff's Department, said his agency was aware of the incident Saturday when Fenner asked for and was granted paid sick leave. Jimenez said no charges had been filed by Abilene police at that time she was granted the leave.

Additionally, Jimenez said Fenner remains on paid sick leave, that she has no history of issues in the Jones County Sheriff's Department, that her status will be reviewed and that his department will likely release a statement on the issue next week.

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