Family of Slain Sebastian County Deputy Offers Reward for Information

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CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) -- The family of a former Sebastian County deputy found shot to death at his Bidville home is looking for answers. They are offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of his killer.

The family has set up a fund in his name at Bancorp South. This will also help cover funeral costs.

“My father was a good man. He was always hard-working. He was a Marine, [and] served in Vietnam,” his son Wesley Jackson said.

Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown says his death is being investigated as a homicide.

With Jackson's law enforcement history, investigators are looking into the possibility that someone he arrested in the past could want to harm him.

The family tells 5NEWS Jackson lived a life of service. Aside from serving his community and his country, Jackson served his family and neighbors with his talent of carpentry.

“If you needed something more than he did, he’d give it to you,” Jackson said. He just liked to help people. He could build them just about anything.”

His son says he was recently working on making furniture with wood from an old barn.

“He paid a lot of attention to detail, was really meticulous and organized,” Jackson said.

In fact, he and his family built their home in northeast Crawford County.

“He’d spend an extra hour on the smallest detail, just because it wasn’t right -- and we might not even notice the difference,” he said.

Brown said a weapon was not found at the scene. A neighbor told investigators they thought they heard gunshots the morning Jackson was killed.

He was 66 years old.

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