Firefighter, driver charged in Saturday incident

Screenshot from the video taken by Shantasia Williams.
Screenshot from the video taken by Shantasia Williams.

Both the firefighter and the driver involved in a confrontation that become a viral video have been charged.

Jeffery Scott Sherwood, 51, has been charged with misdemeanor assault by point a gun, and Shantasia Donique  Williams, 24, was cited for driving through an emergency scene. Both were served at the sheriff’s office. Sherwood lives in Riegelwood. Williams is reportedly from Bolivia.

The incident occurred June 12 on U.S. 75-76 near Delco. In a complaint she filed with the sheriff’s office, Williams said she was traveling east on the highway when she came up on the scene of a traffic accident. Acme Delco Riegelwood (ADR) Fire and Rescue were on the scene.

Williams told investigators that she drove past the scene, then  turned around in the median and returned to the wreck. A “verbal confrontation” then began between Williams and emergency personnel. A fire truck moved into the lane and blocked Williams, she said. At that point, Sherwood, an ADR firefighter, drew his handgun and pointed it at Williams’ car. 

Williams, who used the name “Tea Deleone” on social media, is clearly heard cursing Sherwood, who tells her that she can “record all she wants.” She repeatedly tells Sherwood “You ain’t going to shoot s—!” as well as other expletives.

Sherwood appears to keep the weapon on her for about 30 second before Fire Chief Steve Camlin arrives, at which point Sherwood holsters his weapon. Williams said she then  spoke with Camlin, and left the scene.

The sheriff’s office Criminal Investigation Division and District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case. 

Williams was found to have failed to “slow the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions, and operate the vehicle at a reduced speed until completely past the authorized emergency vehicle.”

Sherwood is due in court July 2. Williams did not return a request for comment.

ADR Chief Camlin said the department is handling its own internal investigation into the matter.

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