An incident at Circle H gas station in Vernon led to the July 21 arrest of Ebro Fire Chief Jackie Wade Moon on felony battery charges.
According to court records, the arrest stems from an EMS trauma call that came into the Washington County Communications Center around 6:20 a.m. on July 20.
The report states a deputy arrived on scene and discovered a male in his early twenties with a towel on his head.
The apparent victim told the deputy Moon had “slammed him on his head at the gas pumps.”
The deputy observed a cut on the top left portion of the victim’s face and asked to view surveillance footage of the incident after photographing the victim’s injuries and having him transported to a local hospital.
According to the report, the victim stated he rode to the gas station with two co-workers. One of those co-workers told law enforcement Moon had been arguing in a work group text that included the victim and that when they arrived at the gas station, Moon began to shout at the victim, “If you have a problem, we can settle it right now.”
The witness went on to say the two men went “chest to chest,” leading to and Moon putting his arm around the victim’s neck and slamming him to the ground.
The arrest affidavit states Marsh’s boss arrived at the gas station and spoke with deputies, advising that Moon was at his residence and had them follow him to the location. Moon was located in a truck outside the back of the residence, where he was advised of his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with deputies.
According to the WCSO report, Moon told deputies thought there was a problem between him, the victim, and the two co-workers who were present at the gas station due to previous conversations in the work group chat. Moon stated he confronted the victim at the gas station and they “went chest to chest” before the victim pushed him. Moon says he then grabbed the other man and took them both to the ground, injuring both of their heads. He then showed deputies a cut with dried blood located on his head.
The deputy returned to Circle H to review the surveillance video, reporting that footage showed Moon and the victim go “chest to chest” as both men stated, as well as Moon wrapping his arm around the victim’s neck and pulling him to the ground.
Moon was arrested and charged with felony battery and is scheduled for arraignment on August 7.