For years, Jerry had been abusive to his wife, Sheila. Due to this, she stayed at a women's shelter one night, accidentally infecting everyone with the Dorsavirus, and she was thought to have died.
Five years later, Jerry was working at an architecture firm in downtown Coast City. Sheila visited him, but before she could infect him with the Dorsavirus in revenge, he discovered what she was going to do and hit her. This caused The Hood, who had shown up only moments earlier, to shoot an arrow through his C6 nerve, severing it and making him a paraplegic.