A Rocky Mount newspaper says it has an audio recording of Franklin County Dispatch center calls from Memorial Day, the day a county deputy allegedly murdered his former wife in Roanoke. The transcript quotes the sheriff as telling dispatchers they should not call Salem or Roanoke County Police, that he will do it himself. More from News/Talk 960 WFIR.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/06-06-FCSO-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-06 FCSO Wrap1-WEB]
To this point, WFIR has been unable to obtain its own copy of the dispatch center recordings. Here is a full transcript as reported by the Franklin News-Post:
Sgt. Lewis Wimmer: “Call her (Agee’s wife, Julie Angell) back (to see if she has the address) … We need to notify Salem … Okay … We need to call Roanoke County … make sure the information is correct and if he’s on the road, they’re just going to have to stop him on the police car until we can figure out what’s going on.”
Dispatch: “Get Roanoke County to try to stop him?”
Wimmer: “Yea, if he’s on the police car and if he’s going to Salem to kill somebody and if this information is correct, we need to notify Roanoke County and ask them to try to get him stopped there somewhere.”
Dispatch: “I’ve got the sheriff on hold.”
Dispatch (to Hunt at 11:12 a.m.): “Julia Angell just called and said that Jonathan Angell just got in his patrol car with an assault rifle and said he was going to Salem … ”
Sheriff Ewell Hunt: “Have you talked to Salem?”
Dispatch: “No, we just got it and wanted to tell you before Iﾠcalled them … Lewis (Wimmer) said to tell Roanoke County and Salem to stop him and try to pull him over if they can find him.”
Hunt: “All right … Where’s he going to in Salem?”
Dispatch: “South Broad Street. I don’t know the numerics.”
Hunt: “Okay … all right.. let me get the number for Salem.”
Dispatcher gives Hunt the phone number for the Salem Police Department.
Dispatch: “Do you want someone to call Roanoke County?”
Hunt: “No, let me call them … Is he going to Broad Street?”
Dispatch: “South Broad Street.”
Hunt: “Okay … all right … We don’t know her address, do we?”
Dispatch: “No, we don’t.”
Hunt: “Have you tried him (Agee) on the radio yet … ?
Hunt: “Try him on the radio … just by chance he would answer.”
Dispatch: “If I get him, what do you want me to tell him?”
Hunt: “Call me ASAP.”
Dispatch: “All right, hold on one second.”
Hunt: “I doubt that he will answer.”
Dispatch: “He’s not answering.”
Hunt: “Okay .. just try every so often.”
At this point, it’s unclear who is talking to dispatch and the call came in at about 11:20. a.m.
Caller: “10-4 on your message … I’m coming your way … You’ve probably called Roanoke County already … He could be on 220 or … ”
Dispatch: “Car 1 (Hunt) told (dispatcher) not to call Salem or Roanoke County …”
Caller: “Who said not to?”
Dispatch: “The sheriff.”
Caller: “What can we do?”
Dispatch: “We’re kind of on a holding pattern here.” Someone says, “He’s (Agee) supposedly listening on his radio, but he’s not answering … Car 52 (Agee), if you’re listening, call the sheriff on his cell phone.”
After a short break in the dialogue, Hunt is again talking to dispatch. Hunt (at 11:27 a.m.): “I’ve got that … Iﾠcalled Salem and they ain’t called me back yet. I don’t know what the hell is wrong with them.”
After another short break, another unidentified caller is heard.
Caller: “One my road troopers called and wanted me to get a BOL (be on the lookout) from you … I don’t know what about.”
Dispatch: “Let me give you our sheriff’s’ cell phone number … We’re letting him handle this deal.”
Caller: “The sheriff?” A call then comes in from Roanoke police asking if a canine unit from Franklin County is in the city.
Dispatch: “Our sheriff is telling us not to mention anything … We were told not to release much information.”