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No charges in Diamondhead Police shooting

The man who shot a Diamondhead police officer will not face any criminal charges. The prosecutor's office says the use of deadly force by homeowner Jerry Chambliss is justified.
The man who shot a Diamondhead police officer will not face any criminal charges. The prosecutor's office says the use of deadly force by homeowner Jerry Chambliss is justified.

Chambliss tells David Goins about his plans to file new legal action against Officer Fred Ensminger.

Newly released 911 tapes show the chaos inside the Diamondhead gated community on July 21st.

1st Call:
Cindy Nelson: "This guy with a badge just tried to run my husband over.  Oh my god (screaming), he's shooting at us!  Oh my god!!"

2nd Call:
Dispatch: "911?"
Fred Ensminger: "This is Diamondhead 1106."
Dispatch: “Yes."
Ensminger: "I have been shot and I need medical at my front gate ASAP."

That's Officer Fred Ensminger's voice minutes after Diamondhead resident Jerry Chambliss shot him. Police didn't arrest Chambliss that night. He claimed he shot in self defense.

The Garland County prosecutor agrees. In a 12-page report released Friday, prosecutor Steve Oliver concludes Chambliss was justified in shooting the officer in order to protect his wife.

And that statements made by Ensminger about what happened are contradicted by other witnesses and evidence.

FOX16 News showed Chambliss the report today and only one thing surprised him - the fact that no charges will be filed against Fred Ensminger.

"It's ludicrous," Chambliss says.

We wanted to get officer Ensminger's reaction to the prosecutor's decision but he wasn't home.

"Just because he has a badge he does not have the right to come down and try to kill citizens," Chambliss says.

Chambliss says Ensminger never identified himself. The report addressed agreed, saying the officer never used a light or siren in his personal vehicle. And that Ensminger used poor judgment by aggressively pursuing Chambliss's wife through the gated community minutes before the two fired on each other.

"Every time a car pulls out behind me, we look to see if it is him," Chambliss says.

Chambliss says he and his wife still relive every moment of the shootout in their front yard.

“You get through something like this but you'll never get over it,” Chambliss says. “You'll never get over this."
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