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Hall County jailer arrested after altercation
Courtney Ellen Barker
Courtney Ellen Barker

Conner Jeremy Comeaux, a jailer for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Saturday morning after an altercation in North Hall County.

Officers responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. on the 2500 block of Venture Drive, where they discovered Comeaux, 20, involved in a dispute with Courtney Ellen Barker, 19 , Hall County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Steven Wilbanks said.

Wilbanks said it appeared Comeaux and Barker were in a “boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.”

At some point during the altercation, Comeaux allegedly discharged a shotgun while on or near the road in front of the residence, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. The shotgun was fired into the air and not aimed at a person or property. No one was injured.

Comeaux has been employed as a probationary jailer since May. He has been placed on administrative leave and his employment status is under review, according to the news release.

“Because the case is still under criminal investigation as well as administrative review, we can’t release any further details regarding the incident itself or his employment status,” Wilbanks said in an email to The Times.

Both Comeaux and Barker were arrested and booked at the Hall County Jail. Comeaux was charged with simple battery, reckless conduct and discharging a firearm near a public roadway. He is free on a $7,600 bond. 

Barker was charged with simple battery and released on a $5,000 bond.

This is the second incident this year involving a Hall County jailer.

In the first, in April, William Osborne was arrested for disorderly conduct as a result of a problem at a local credit union, Wilbanks said. Osborne resigned after the incident.

“Employees are not only subject to the same laws and ordinances as any other citizen, but Hall County Sheriff’s Office policy requires that all employees conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the highest standards of professionalism and integrity,” Wilbanks said. “In order to maintain a high level of public trust and confidence, employees are expected to maintain the highest standards of professional and personal conduct, both on and off duty.”

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