East Texas Prison Officer Charged in Domestic Case

Posted/updated on: December 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

PALESTINE (AP) A lieutenant at an East Texas prison has been charged with attacking his corrections-employee wife at their home.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says Elton Shawn Sims was arraigned Monday on counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, deadly conduct and interfering with an emergency call. Bond is $32,500 for Sims, who didn’t immediately have an attorney.

Sheriff Greg Taylor told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that alcohol may have been involved Sunday. Sims allegedly beat his wife and fired a gun into the air. Further details on the woman weren’t immediately available.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the lieutenant’s employment is pending the outcome of the investigation. Sims works at the Gurney Unit. Clark declined to release details on the wife’s job.

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