Constable in fair condition after shooting by wife

Published on Monday, 4 April 2016 08:10 - Written by Augusta Robinson, augustarobinson@tylerpaper.com

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Meraland Taylor Jackson, 66, wife of Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Henry Jackson, is in jail and faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon family violence on accusations she shot her husband and their 5-year-old granddaughter in Jackson’s home Saturday night. 

Constable Jackson, 63, was in fair condition, and his 5-year-old granddaughter was in stable condition as of Sunday morning, according to information released by the Tyler Police Department. 

Constable Jackson was shot once in the side of his chest, and his granddaughter was shot in the ankle. They were both taken to East Texas Medical Center by ambulance.

Jackson underwent surgery, and officials said his wound did not appear to be life threatening. The granddaughter was released sometime Saturday night, Tyler Police Spokesman Don Martin said.

The shooting appeared to be the result of a domestic dispute between Meraland Jackson and Constable Jackson, according to a press release from Tyler Police Sunday morning. 

According to Tyler Police, officers responded to the shooting in the 3200 block of Chandler Highway about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Meraland Jackson’s bond was set at $250,000 on each charge. She was taken into custody and booked in jail after the shooting. A Smith County grand jury later no-billed Mrs. Jackson meaning the charges were not forwarded to a criminal court for trial.  

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. 

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

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