Hours before Latina Herring and her son were shot and killed, police in Sanford, Florida, told Herring’s friend to “just stop calling 911.”
The officer’s comments, which were captured on bodycam video, were initially reported by WESH in Florida to be directed at Herring. But on Monday, police said the officer was talking to a third-party individual who previously called 911 asking for a welfare check on Herring, WKMG reported.
Sanford city spokeswoman Bianca Gillett told WKMG that the comments were “taken out of context.” WESH later posted a correction.
In the video, an officer can be heard saying, “Stop calling 911 to make accusations you don’t know about.” The AP reported that extended video confirms the comments were directed at someone other than Herring.
Allen D. Cashe is accused of taking his AK-47 on March 27 and killing Herring and her 8-year-old son and attempting to kill her 7-year-old son, her father, and two other bystanders.
Police say the couple was just arguing, and it was not physical, calling it a civil matter with no reason to arrest anyone. They say the shooting spree that killed Herring and her son and wounded four others began with an argument over keys.