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Reasons revealed for embattled Jones County deputy's Taylor County firing

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: May 06 2014 10:18:40 AM CDT
Updated On: May 07 2014 07:41:24 AM CDT
Stephanie Renee Fenner

Stephanie Renee Fenner, 26, of Hawley.

ABILENE, Texas -

A Jones County deputy charged in connection to a recent shooting in Abilene was fired from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office in 2011 after working for the county since 2008.

Stephanie Fenner, 26, was arrested three days after she allegedly fired off three rounds at her girlfriend and another victim in the area of Old Anson Road and North Clack Street on April 27. The victims were inside a truck at the time and weren’t injured.

Now, KTXS has obtained copies of Fenner’s employment history from Taylor County’s Human Resources Office – and the documents point to several indiscretions.

According to one document, ex-Sheriff Les Bruce and Fenner both signed off on a termination order on April 11, 2011. The document shows Fenner purchased and transported liquor (1.75 liters of Jack Daniels) in a marked patrol vehicle, used intoxicants and was impaired for a morning class, pointed two loaded pistols at another officer while intoxicated and arguing and was addressed by hotel security on two occasions for noise complaints pertaining to Fenner’s level of intoxication.

Another document shows the investigation into Fenner’s character before she was hired as a deputy for Taylor County. The background check reveals Fenner had worked for the Boy Scouts of America and Red Lobster and had good recommendations from the previous employers as well as family friends. The investigating deputy also said Fenner arrived early for her interview and appeared to be “clean and professional” with a “very good personality.”