WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Deputy found 'justified' in Empire shooting

By JAMES PHILLIPS
Daily Mountain Eagle
james.phillips@mountaineagle.com
Posted 6/19/21

A deputy with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office who was involved with a fatal shooting in February will face no criminal charges from the incident and his acts have been classified as justified by …

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WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Deputy found 'justified' in Empire shooting

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A deputy with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office who was involved with a fatal shooting in February will face no criminal charges from the incident and his acts have been classified as justified by state officials.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said he received the information from the Alabama Law Enforcement agency after that organization did a thorough investigation.

The incident took place in late February in the Empire community. Frederick Earl Hight II, 26, was pronounced dead at his residence. Deputies from the Walker County Sheriff's Office were responding to a domestic violence call, according to a post on the WCSO Facebook page. The deputy involved in the shooting was Sgt. John "J.J." Jackson.

A video, reportedly recorded by Hight’s father, surfaced the day after the shooting on social media and in Birmingham media that showed Hight and a WCSO deputy engaged in a physical struggle in the kitchen of the home. In the video, which is now unavailable, Hight could be heard telling his father to "say something" and the deputy could be heard saying, "I'm going to shoot you."  

“This was a bad situation and a very dangerous situation,” Adair said. “It is something the member of law enforcement will have to live with and never forget. It is also an incident that a family is hurt over. My thoughts go out to everyone involved.”