Affidavit: Alleged affair prompted shooting of Constable Henry Jackson

Published on Tuesday, 5 April 2016 09:00 - Written by CORY MCCOY comcoy@tylerpaper.com

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Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Henry Jackson was shot during a domestic disturbance related to an alleged affair, according to the arrest affidavit for his wife of 40 years.  

The affidavit released Monday indicated Meraland Taylor Jackson, 66, told officers who responded to the shooting Saturday night she intentionally shot her husband and he should be dead. She said her 5-year-old granddaughter was struck accidentally when she was inadvertently pulled into the path of the bullet during the shooting, according to the affidavit.

Constable Jackson, 63, who was shot in the chest, and his granddaughter, who was shot in the ankle, were taken to East Texas Medical Center by ambulance. Jackson was listed in stable condition after surgery, and the girl was treated and released. 

Mrs. Jackson was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon family violence. Bond was set at $250,000 for each charge. She was released after posting bail Sunday evening. A Smith County grand jury later no-billed Mrs. Jackson meaning the charges were not forwarded to a criminal court for trial.  

According to the arrest affidavit, Mrs. Jackson told officers she shot her husband, because she believed he had been having an affair with a co-worker. She said her husband had recently been out of town for a work-related conference, and she learned the woman she believed him to be having an affair with also attended the conference. 

Jackson was elected constable in 1999. He was previously a reserve officer for eight years for the city of Tyler and a Precinct 3 deputy constable for 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 and a district court judge ruled in his favor in May 2010, when he threw out a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee.

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 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.