Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Henry Jackson in critical condition after shooting

Published on Saturday, 2 April 2016 22:48 - Written by Augusta Robinson, augustarobinson@tylerpaper.com

Smith County Constable Precinct 1 Henry Jackson and his 5-year-old granddaughter were shot inside his home Saturday night, and Jackson's wife was taken into custody in connection with the shooting.

The shooting took place in the 3200 block of Chandler Highway about 7:30 p.m., according to Tyler Police Department Spokesman Don Martin. Jackson, 63, and his granddaughter were taken to East Texas Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, and his granddaugther was listed in stable condition late Saturday. 

Both were shot one time, and both are expected to survive, Martin said.

Jackson's wife, Meraland Jackson, 66, was taken into custody and charges are pending, Martin said.

Jackson was elected constable in 1999. He previously was a reserve officer for the city of Tyler for eight years and a Precinct 3 deputy constable two years. 

In May 2008, Jackson was arrested on seven tampering with governmental records charges and three official oppression/sexual harassment charges. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of tampering with a governmental record and was given six months deferred adjudication. He pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor assault charge for the three official oppression/sexual harassment charges.

Seven felony counts were dismissed against Jackson in 2010. He agreed to a six-month probated suspension of his peace officer license at the time after multiple community leaders from Tyler traveled to Austin to testify about his importance to the community.

Jackson is a past president of East Texas J.P. and Constable's Association, served on the board of the scholarship committee for the state J.P. and Constable's Association, is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., a former chairman of Tyler Storefront Inc. board and Tri-Ethnic Committee for Tyler Independent School District.

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