Former chief deputy arrested, posts bond



Former Wood County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Miles Tucker turned himself in Wednesday morning at Wood County Justice Center after warrants for his arrest were issued Tuesday.

He was arrested on two counts of tampering with evidence with bonds set at $50,000 on each count, and one count of official oppression with a $1,500 bond.

District Judge Jeff Fletcher has placed a gag order on the case. Wood County Sheriff Tom Castloo said he was unable to comment because of the judge’s order and the investigation in the matter is ongoing.

District Attorney Jim Wheeler said he called in a special prosecutor, Joe Shearin of Dallas, for the case. The case in question was when Jerry Boone allegedly shot two oilfield workers, Winston (son) and Phil (father) Forrester, who were trying to access an oil well just off Wood County Road 1326 northwest of Quitman, on former Wood County Sheriff Jim Brown’s property. No charges were ever filed in the case.

“Dallas attorney Joe Shearin has served as, originally, special prosecutor, then and district attorney pro-tem since the shooting of Winston Forrester and his father,” Wheeler said. “He is independently investigating all aspects of their shootings at my request.”

The Forresters were shot in Nov. 2, 2015 while trying to access an oil well on property owned by Wood County Sheriff Jim Brown. The location was off of Wood County Road 1326 northwest of Quitman. The Forresters were allegedly shot by Jerry Boone. The two men were taken to ETMC Quitman were they were treated for non-lethal gunshot wounds.

The oil well in question is on Brown's land, and to access that oil well, Winston Forrester's work crew had to go through land owned by Boone using a lease road to the well. The road they normally would use had been washed out, but they claimed it was legal to be on a lease road to get to the well.