06/03/2011

911 call warned of Va. deputy’s deadly plan

The greatest delay is not the police officer responding to the crime, it's the report of the crime

By Mike Gangloff, Amanda Codispoti, and Janelle Rucker
The Roanoke Times

ROANOAKE, Va. — Almost a half-hour before Jennifer Carter Agee was shot to death on Memorial Day, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office was warned that her sheriff's deputy ex-husband had an assault rifle and was driving to Salem to kill her. But Sheriff Ewell Hunt told his dispatch center not to issue a "be on the lookout" alert to other law enforcement agencies, saying he would take care of the situation himself, according to a sheriff's office radio call log. Then the sheriff called the police department in Salem, where Jennifer Agee lived and where he apparently thought Deputy Jonathan Agee was headed.

"I thought I could get the fastest response by making personal contact," Hunt said Tuesday. Hunt failed to reach a Salem police supervisor.

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