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Supervisors in hot water for 'tampering with records' at Bastrop Co. Sheriff's Dept.

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Seven supervisors for the Bastrop County Sheriff's Department are being penalized for tampering with records following an officer-involved shooting last month.

What began as some sort of family dispute at 105 Zimmerman Avenue in Bastrop County ended up with 47-year-old Yvette Smith getting shot and killed by 28-year-old deputy Daniel Willis after midnight on February 16th.

Joe Martinez lives right across the street. Smith is reported to be a close friend of his neighbors.

"Two kids lost their mother. And what now? What are they gonna do? And what's the guy gonna do just say I'm sorry?" Martinez said.

On Wednesday, in a press release from Sheriff Terry Pickering, the department says an investigation took place after the shooting because it became known that sheriff's office supervisors had 'modified' Willis's field training records after the shooting to make sure they were 'completed accurately.'

The sheriff's office tells FOX 7 by email this is because Willis's paperwork hadn't been completed...not that his training hadn't been completed.

Pickering says in the release "I honestly don't believe there was any ill-will or malice. They knew the records were not up to date prior to the incident and were in the process of correcting them."

Lt. Joey Dzienowski was demoted to patrol duty and given a 240 hour suspension.

Sgt. David Repka was also demoted to patrol duty and given a 32-hour suspension.

Action is pending on five other supervisors.

"Suspended, I don't even think they should be suspended, I think they should be behind bars," Martinez said.

Bastrop County initially said Yvette Smith was armed and ignored commands to come outside.

They later said they couldn't confirm either of those things.

Martinez and the family at 105 Zimmerman Avenue say Smith never had a gun.

"No...now reading that paper just shows that police ain't even doing what they're supposed to do so why even trust them?" Martinez said.

We have repeatedly tried to get Sheriff Pickering to talk with us on camera about the many questions surrounding this case. The answer is always 'no' but the department did answer a few of our questions through email.

We asked when the field training records were supposed to have been completed. They said at the end of every day, week and phase...and a phase is about four weeks.

They also said they are going back to make sure other deputy field training records are complete.

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