Danielle Sherman's Death

Danielle Sherman's Death

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Two Decades Later

Highland, IL

#1 Aug 15, 2011
I was a young child when it happened and I remember thinking it was a joke when I heard about it. What an awful joke that would have been. The only thing more awful is that it was true. Danielle Sherman had been shot by her father, a Highland Police officer, Brad Sherman.

Everybody says it was an accident, however no formal investigation ever took place. Nobody questions how the man in charge of Arms Safety could be so unsafe with his own weapon.

A few years ago I was having an off-the-record type of conversation with a police officer who was on the force when it happened. He said to me, very candidly, "Small town politics can sweep even the most awful things under the rug." He wouldn't clarify further for me.

I realize I'm stirring up shit. I realize this thread will be hurtful for a lot of people and I'm sure a lot of people will have some choice words for me. I imagine I'll be told "leave well enough alone." But I can't. I've never stopped thinking about it. I've never left it alone in my heart. She was my friend. She was the first person I ever knew to die. And every time I saw her father after that fateful day I've hated him and had to choke back my own vomit from just being in his presence.

I've tried believing the spoon-fed story of it being an accident, and in my heart I really really wanted to believe it. I just can't. I wish there had been an investigation conducted by an outside team (not the colleagues of the suspect) and I wish that investigation would have ruled it an accident. Perhaps, maybe then, I'd be able to let go of it and not spend so much time wondering if my friend was murdered by somebody who received absolutely no ramifications for his actions. He didn't even get a manslaughter charge, and he kept his position with the police force until the day he retired. It baffles me and I fear it always will.
jd8056y

Glen Carbon, IL

#2 Aug 15, 2011
iwas two years older than her in school,and knew her brother pretty good.they went to our church at the time and i remeber alot of crazy stuff that was sid about it that i heard. i guess we will never kno the truth.
Two Decades Later

Highland, IL

#3 Aug 15, 2011
Yeah, Matt is a good guy and I feel terribly sorry for him and his mother. Losing a daughter and a sister is devastating. But, you're right... without a formal investigation we'll probably never know. I don't really believe in psychics, but I wonder if one wouldn't be able to help if one were to venture into their old house.
jd8056y

Glen Carbon, IL

#4 Aug 16, 2011
maybe,it happend right across the street from the country store,ive been over there a few times
eeek

Hillsboro, MO

#5 Aug 16, 2011
I grew up in that neighborhood and witnessed the aftermath. It was terrible! I honestly highly doubt if it were intentional that it was aimed for Danielle... Would make more sense it was intended for the wife don't ya think?
Two Decades Later

Highland, IL

#6 Aug 16, 2011
eeek wrote:
I grew up in that neighborhood and witnessed the aftermath. It was terrible! I honestly highly doubt if it were intentional that it was aimed for Danielle... Would make more sense it was intended for the wife don't ya think?
I hate to think it was intentional, because I can't figure out why an 8 year old would have a target on her back in the first place... unless there are some dark secrets being held there. I grew up in that neighborhood, too.

You bring up an interesting point, though. What if it were aimed for somebody else, or what if Brad wasn't the one who pulled the trigger? Could it have been somebody else's accident and he's simply covering. All I know is it never added up to me.
the facts

United States

#7 Aug 16, 2011
Two Decades Later wrote:
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I hate to think it was intentional, because I can't figure out why an 8 year old would have a target on her back in the first place... unless there are some dark secrets being held there. I grew up in that neighborhood, too.
You bring up an interesting point, though. What if it were aimed for somebody else, or what if Brad wasn't the one who pulled the trigger? Could it have been somebody else's accident and he's simply covering. All I know is it never added up to me.
It was ruled an accident, as I was told by a family member that I have known for years.
Two Decades Later

Highland, IL

#8 Aug 17, 2011
the facts wrote:
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It was ruled an accident, as I was told by a family member that I have known for years.
Yes, but that was only based on his word. There was no formal investigation, as I was told by a police officer who was working for the PD at the time.
dumb

Edwardsville, IL

#9 Aug 17, 2011
why wasnt there an investigation? just because he was a cop? that doesnt make sense. If that were to happen to anyone else there would be an investigation.
the facts

United States

#10 Aug 17, 2011
Two Decades Later wrote:
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Yes, but that was only based on his word. There was no formal investigation, as I was told by a police officer who was working for the PD at the time.
I was told that was the official ruling of a corners inquest!! She was shot through a closed door, so how could he have pointed the gun at her and shot her directly as you charged!!
Were his actions irresponsible, I would say yes!! I was taught to treat any gun as if it were loaded until you know 100% that its empty.If you have any doubts and can not verify if its loaded you don't pull the trigger. The gun in question was a muzzle loader rifle, he should not have pulled the trigger in the house like he did. If he had taken the gun outside and pointed it at the ground before discharging it she would be alive today!!
Hellz No

Highland, IL

#11 Aug 17, 2011
Funny, I thought it was a black powder gun. I don't know much about guns, though, so we could be talking about the same thing.

And I didn't charge that he pointed it at her head and did it intentionally... I just said I have room for doubt in my head that it was a total accident.
Sweet William

United States

#12 Aug 17, 2011
Hellz No wrote:
Funny, I thought it was a black powder gun. I don't know much about guns, though, so we could be talking about the same thing.
And I didn't charge that he pointed it at her head and did it intentionally... I just said I have room for doubt in my head that it was a total accident.
Yes, it was a black powder pistol. They became popular in the 70's,you have to pour the black powder into the barrel and then ram a round lead ball down the muzzle with the ram rod,once that is done you make a mark on the ram rod as a future referance point to see if it is loaded or not. It was common in the day to wash the barrel with soap and water,as black powder is very dirty. Then you swab the muzzle out with gun oil using the ram rod.These fire arms required a percussion cap to fire the firearm.It was common practice to fire a percussin cap to clear out the left over oil in the breach,however if it was already loaded with a charge it would fire the lead ball.How do you know if its loaded or not? you take the ram rod and stick it down the muzzle if it lines up with the mark you put on as loaded, it is ready to fire.This was just a horrible accident! Their were many accidents with these fire arms,especially when thinking they were not loaded.
Two Decades Later

Highland, IL

#13 Aug 18, 2011
Sweet William wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, it was a black powder pistol. They became popular in the 70's,you have to pour the black powder into the barrel and then ram a round lead ball down the muzzle with the ram rod,once that is done you make a mark on the ram rod as a future referance point to see if it is loaded or not. It was common in the day to wash the barrel with soap and water,as black powder is very dirty. Then you swab the muzzle out with gun oil using the ram rod.These fire arms required a percussion cap to fire the firearm.It was common practice to fire a percussin cap to clear out the left over oil in the breach,however if it was already loaded with a charge it would fire the lead ball.How do you know if its loaded or not? you take the ram rod and stick it down the muzzle if it lines up with the mark you put on as loaded, it is ready to fire.This was just a horrible accident! Their were many accidents with these fire arms,especially when thinking they were not loaded.
Thank you for explaining this to me. I knew the type of gun, and I knew it was a complicated gun, but I wasn't sure how one was operated. your explanation helps me see that it very well could have been an accident.
Family

Edwardsville, IL

#14 Aug 18, 2011
Brad Sherman is my uncle, and its pretty funny all of you on here are steady talking shit, whether you were friends with danielle, or just "heard" shit by word of mouth, none of you can say they know for a fact in detail the whole situation. And as far as the highland cop who said they swept it under the rug, ever think maybe there was bad blood between brad & that certain cop? Maybe, Highlands nothing but a shit talking town, why sit here and criticize what happened so long ago without knowing the true facts? The only people who know every step of the way would be the family. & BTW I HIGHLY FUCKING DOUBT THAT AN 8 YEAR OLDS DEATH WOULD GO UNQUESTIONED YOU FUCKING IDIOTS. Post shit that legit, as in, In Rememberance of Danielle Sherman, your still in our thoughts.

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