Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shirley Quits Rather Than Face Discipline

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shirley Quits Rather Than Face Discipline

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An embattled Jacksonville police officer resigned yesterday

after learning Sheriff Nat Glover planned to discipline him for

fatally shooting an unarmed mentally ill woman in January.

Fearing he might be fired or suspended for a long time, Officer

Terry Shirley handed in his resignation in the wake of his

shooting of Shirley Ansley after a Jan. 7 police chase.

The shooting enraged Ansley's family and brought demands for

Shirley's firing and the establishment of a civilian review

board to investigate all police shootings.

"He just felt it was time to move on, and there was a better

possibility of starting new with someone else," said Lt. David

Stevens, president of the Jacksonville chapter of the Fraternal

Order of Police. "Nobody wins in this one. The Sheriff's Office

and community lost a good officer, and obviously Terry Shirley

lost."

Stevens said Shirley, 27, declined interviews about the case.

However, union officials said the incident has left Shirley

"utterly dejected" and they didn't know if he planned to pursue

other law enforcement jobs.

Lula Stevenson, Ansley's sister, said she hoped that Glover

would have made a decision about Shirley's future at the

department before the officer resigned. The family has hired

lawyers to sue the city and Shirley over the shooting.

"He [Shirley] has no remorse, and he hasn't apologized," she

said.

Shirley shot Ansley, 56, four times at close range about 6 p.m.

in the parking lot of AT&T Credit Corp. on Baymeadows Way W.

when she turned the wheels of her van toward him.

The shooting ended a traffic chase through Baymeadows that

started when police tried to issue Ansley a trespass warning at

Yarborough Corp Security, the company that employed her as a

security guard.

A review by the department's Use of Force Board found Shirley

acted improperly by putting himself in a position where he had

to shoot Ansley. The board recommended discipline.

Shirley told the board that Ansley's van rammed into an

occupied truck, a police car and knocked down another officer

who was trying to arrest her. When he saw the wheels of the van

turning toward him he fired.

At a news conference yesterday, Glover said the board didn't

agree with the officer's perception that he was in personal

peril because the shots were fired through the side window of

Ansley's van and not through the vehicle's windshield.

Glover said that evidence "was probably the most compelling

fact that guided my decision" to discipline Shirley.

After pondering the board's recommendation for the past three

weeks, Glover told Shirley yesterday morning that he planned to

disciple him. But he didn't tell the officer what that

discipline would be. …

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