Centerville police officer fired

CENTERVILLE, TN (WSMV) -A Centerville police officer has been fired after being charged with official misconduct and bribery.

Law enforcement sources said Centerville police officer Jerry Simmons was dismissed by the Centerville mayor.

The misconduct and bribery charges stem from an incident in a McDonald’s parking lot in Centerville in October 2011.

According to the TBI, Simmons’ daughter, who has a child, got into an argument with the child’s father and paternal grandfather.

“The police officer who responded talked to the witnesses there, talked to the people there and ultimately came to the conclusion that no charges were warranted at that time,” said the TBI special agent in charge, Jason Locke.

Locke says Simmons convinced a second officer to take a look at the case, and that’s when two eyewitnesses added a new detail – the child’s father and paternal grandfather had pulled a gun. That second officer filed charges. The problem was that the whole story about the gun wasn’t true, says the TBI. They could tell because the McDonald’s parking lot recorded the incident on its video cameras.


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