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Slain woman's family asks for protection

The brother-in-law of a woman killed by a deputy says he fears the woman's brother. A judge orders no contact between the men.

By BRADY DENNIS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 24, 2002


ZEPHYRHILLS -- Hours after a Pasco County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 39-year-old Zephyrhills woman, the woman's brother-in-law filed court papers against her brother, claiming he had threatened violence.

Daniel Jones II, who filed the complaint, formerly was a partner with his brother, Byron, in Dan's Fine Jewelry, 36516 State Road 54.

Byron's wife, 39-year-old Sharleen "Sally" Jones, was shot Wednesday morning after 24-year-old Deputy Erica Fernandez arrived at the jewelry store to check on her. Investigators said Jones had sent an e-mail to an inspector general's office in Chicago indicating that she might be suicidal.

Fernandez said that when she arrived, Jones was holding a gun and refused to drop it. She told investigators that when Jones raised the gun in her direction, Fernandez fired her gun. Jones died shortly thereafter at East Pasco Medical Center.

The incident left family members emotionally charged. Several of Jones' family members demanded to know where the deputy was who fired the shots. Her father, Larry Hayner, said he thought the deputy was overzealous.

In a domestic violence injunction request, filed at 5:24 p.m Wednesday, Daniel Jones II claims that Sharleen's brother, David Hayner, 40, threatened him with violence.

Daniel Jones wrote that Hayner said "he will find and get me later" and "he will take care of me."

"I am in fear that (Hayner) and/or other members of his family will attempt to have contact with me or my wife," Daniel Jones wrote. "(Hayner's) actions and verbal remarks make me fear that his threats will be carried out. I want no contact with (him) or his family."

The complaint makes no mention of why Hayner was angry with Jones.

Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper granted the request, and ordered that the two men have no contact and that Hayner remain at least 500 feet from Jones. She denied a similar request for Jones' wife, Bonita, saying she had not received threats.

Neither Jones nor Hayner could be reached for comment Thursday. A hearing was scheduled for June 7 in Dade City.

Meanwhile, friends and family of Sally Jones continued to grieve for a woman they said would help "anyone who needed helping." Many family members remained angry at sheriff's deputies, saying Fernandez acted improperly.

Jones' 15-year-old daughter, Holly, said anger wouldn't bring her mother back.

"I think today that things are really just settling in. It's hitting really hard," Holly said. "I have to accept that she's gone."

She said that investigators' claims that her mother was suicidal seem outrageous.

"She was a happy person," Holly said. "She always treated everyone so nice. My mom was not suicidal. You can talk to anyone who was close to her."

Holly said family members plan to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Oakley Funeral Home, 36327 State Road 54. A funeral is planned at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Church of the Nazarene, 6151 12th St.

A sheriff's spokesman Thursday said Fernandez remained on paid administrative as authorities continued investigating the shooting.

-- Brady Dennis covers the city of Zephyrhills and crime in east Pasco. To reach him, call (352) 521-5757, ext. 23, or toll free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6108, then 23. His e-mail address is dennis@sptimes.com.

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