Sheriff Randy Tucker is defending his deputy by saying the widow of Michael Renfroe is not telling the truth about what happened Friday night, and his deputy was acting in self-defense.
“No. He had nothing in his hands," said Amanda Renfroe. "His hands were on his sides and out walking."
Amanda said they were driving on Old Natchez Trace Road Friday night when her husband’s staff stick fell out of the window and he stopped to get it...that's when she says a vehicle pulled up with no lights.
"He didn't know who it was, so he kept walking," Amanda said.
She claims this led to the deputy tasing him and when he tried to turnover on the ground, he was shot.
“It was a pow. Then it was a short pause, then a pow, pow. He had three bullet holes in him.”
Sheriff Tucker says that story is false.
He says Michael Renfroe attacked his deputy and he was not shot on the ground.
Tucker says the department has video evidence to back his claim and once MBI completes their investigation, it could possibly be released.
According to Jackson police records, Renfroe had no prior criminal record.
While some folks agree deputies should defend themselves, others say they have become too "trigger happy."
“They never know what they are going to run up on," said a Madison resident. "From a domestic call of traffic stop."
“An officer is always going to defend an officer,” another resident said.
Sheriff Tucker says this is a very tragic situation for both the deputy’s family and the victim’s family.
The deputy is still on the job and was offered time off after the shooting.