Feb. 9 turned out to be a hectic and hostile day for Van Alstyne’s lone police officer on duty. Sergeant Chuck Milner was the only VAPD officer on duty on this Sunday when he responded to a call for help at 172 W. Cooper which turned into a multiple arrest and drug bust.
The rollout came in response to a man identified as Rodney Jackson, 47, entering the lobby of the police station at approximately 4 p.m. and requesting an officer come to his house on W. Cooper. Milner responded immediately and found Jackson walking around the library parking lot in an extremely agitated state. Milner interviewed Jackson and was told that his son had pulled a gun on him.
At this point, Milner observed the man’s son, identified as Rodrick Jackson, 22, rushing out the back door of the residence and jumping the fence wearing a backpack. Milner pursued the suspect and observed him dumping a significant amount of what was later found to be marijuana behind some bushes. The suspect then made his way to the 300 block of N. Dallas and discarded a handgun. Rodrick Jackson then surrendered to Milner and was placed on the ground and handcuffed.
Backup came in the form of a Howe P.D. officer who “helped in a tremendous way,” according to Milner. Milner also requested a K-9 unit from the Sherman Police Department to ensure that all the narcotics were found and accounted for.
Ultimately, Van Alstyne P.D. seized $1,400 in cash, more than a pound of marijuana and a handgun.
“I’m proud of the job our officer did in dealing with the situation,” VAPD Chief Tim Barnes said. ”Our goal is to make sure our community is safe. We have a zero tolerance policy on narcotics, and we’re going to do our best to keep drugs out of the community.”
Rodrick Jackson is being charged with possession of between four ounces and five pounds of marijuana, which is a state felony. Compounding the offense is the fact that the possession occurred in a drug-free zone as it was in close proximity to the Van Alstyne PublicLibrary, making it a Felony 3 offense. He is also being charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon, a misdemeanor Class A offense.
The investigation did not end with Rodrick Jackson’s arrest, however. After multiple interviews of all witnesses Milner arrested the original complainant, Rodney Jackson, for assault family violence on a charge of misdemeanor Class C assault on his wife.
Van Alstyne officers responded to 130 calls for service and eight incidents over the seven-day reporting period. Among those incidents was a stolen vehicle report at Ken’s Autoplex in the 300 block of Harry Hynds Parkway. A vehicle was reported stolen from the lot sometime between 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 and noon on Monday, Feb. 10…Officers also responded to a report of criminal mischief in the 1500 block of San Carlos at 11 p.m. on Feb. 6, where a damaged garage door was reported.