Sheriff Hunt’s official statement

Can be found here.

Nothing we haven’t heard before, except for two things. First, he subtly castigates the Roanoke Times for using “illegally leaked information” for its articles, and reiterates his assertion that the dispatch log is not an accurate representation of events because it is “only a summary” and “incomplete.”

The second new item is that he is officially denying, in direct contradiction to the dispatch log, that he told the dispatcher not to issue a BOL.

At no time did I cancel a “be on the lookout,” order for Mr. Agee.

Yet what the dispatch log says is completely different.

DISPATCHER:8040@05/30/2011 11:15:09
CAR 22 ADV TO CALL ROA CO AND SALEM TO GET THEM TO BOL AND PULL HIM OVER AND STOP HIM IF FOUND, CAR 1 ADV NOT TO CALL THAT HE WILL TAKE CARE OF IT

[CAR1 is Sheriff Hunt – Ed]

The rest is what we’ve already seen, plus the timeline we saw previously.

He claims to have done “everything possible” to alert the appropriate authorities to the situation, and the he “contacted local authorities by the quickest method possible.” We know both of these statements are not true. “Everything possible” would have included the BOL he did not have issued. And while a direct phone call is usually the quickest way to contact someone, we know that he did not provide the Salem PD dispatch with any information on the situation, instead choosing to leave a message – with no indication whatsoever of any urgency, as can be heard in the recording released by Salem PD – for the on-duty supervisor. A message which was not returned until almost fifteen minutes later – after Jennifer Agee had been fatally shot. This is not alerting them to the situation by the quickest method possible, not by any stretch of the imagination.

Excuses and lies. Sheriff Hunt is scrambling to cover his mistakes, nothing more.

END OF LINE

Update: I have created a PDF of the dispatch log from the released images, just in case. My source is this previous Roanoke Times article.

[Source: Roanoke Times article, retrieved 6/6/11]

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