Grand jury clears Alcorn County deputy

djournal-alcorn-countyBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – An Alcorn County deputy was cleared by a grand jury in connection with discharging his firearm on Dec. 23, during a special session this week.

“We conducted a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of this incident and determined from a totality of the circumstances that Deputy Sheriff Scott Dalton was fully justified in discharging his service weapon and the other actions he took in responding to this incident,” the grand jury report said Tuesday.

Sheriff Charles Rinehart said on Thursday that the deputy, who has been on routine administrative leave, will return to duty soon.

“I’ll have him accompany another officer on calls for now and work his way back into duty,” Rinehart said. “I don’t want to send him out on his own for a while, and we’ll evaluate how he’s coming along.”

Dalton had gone out to take a report as a result of a domestic disturbance earlier in the day at the residence on County Road 100 where the shooting happened, the sheriff said.

A woman was wounded and remains hospitalized in Memphis, where Mississippi Bureau of Investigations has interviewed her, Rinehart said.

Rinehart said the case that led to the shooting remains under investigation by the MBI, and he has not received its final report yet.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com