The more we learn about the tragic Memorial Day events that led to a Franklin County deputy sheriff gunning down his ex-wife in the parking lot of a Roanoke gas station the more the incredible ineptitude of sheriff Ewell Hunt is exposed.
Recordings released by the Roanoke City Police Department shows their emergency center ran into a Hunt-ordered wall of silence when it tried to obtain information about Deputy Jonathan Agee, who is charted with killing his ex-wife in front of their young daughter in the parking lot of the Sheetz at Orange Avenue and Williamson Road on Memorial Day.
Agee is also charged with shooting a Virginia State Trooper after a high-speed chase on U.S. 460 and Interstate 81 before troopers finally stopped him in a hail of gunfire at the Ironto exit.
“Our sheriff is telling us not to mention anything,” a Franklin County dispatcher told Roanoke’s emergency dispatcher. “We were told not to release much information.”
Instead of sending out an area-wife BOLO (Be on the LookOut for) alert to surrounding jurisdiction, the Franklin County dispatch center responded to an urgent 911 call from Agee’s current wife saying he was on his way to Roanoke County with plans to kill his ex-wife by sending a text message to Hunt.
Hunt told his dispatcher he would “handle it” and called the Salem Police Department and left a message.
Hunt also told his dispatcher that he would call the Roanoke County Police Department. He didn’t. They have no record of any call from the Franklin Sheriff.
(Includes information from The Roanoke Times and Franklin News-Post)
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