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Texas Rangers May Investigate Commerce Chief in Dog Shooting

Jason Rector, shown here at a March 2018 open house,  resigned on Jan. 16, but the move was not announced by the city at the time.
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Commerce Interim Police Chief Jason Rector speaking with the public at a March 5 event.

Hunt County DA Nobie Walker says he’s asked the Texas Rangers to investigate the shooting of a dog by Commerce’s interim police chief. Interim Chief Jason Rector is accused of shooting a dog while on duty in March. The dog later died from the wound.

Walker says the Rangers may or may not take the investigation. That depends on whether a preliminary investigation yields enough to go further. Commerce City Manager Darrek Ferrell says the city does anticipate an investigation, which is typical any time there is a use of force by an officer on duty.

Rector is one of four finalists for the permanent position of Commerce Chief of Police.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.