Sunday evening, the Knox County Sheriffs Office received an ominous 911 call from a Danville woman warning that her ex-boyfriend had left home with weapons and was planning to murder a police officer. Sadly, that is exactly what suspect Herschel Jones III did.
While details on what lead to this horrific murder are currently limited, what is known, is that the Knox County Sheriffs Office has been left to bury one of their own. According to reports, after receiving the call, the department frantically attempted to make contact with Officer Thomas Cottrell in an effort to warn him that he was in danger, however, by the time their were able to locate him it was far too late.
Less than 30 minutes after receiving the 911 call, Officer Cottrells lifeless body was discovered behind the Danville Municipal Building.
Listen to the frightening 911 call below:
The cops in Danville are in danger… My ex-boyfriend is out in camo looking to kill a cop…
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… deputies found the body of Officer Thomas Cottrell on the ground behind the municipal building. His gun had been taken and his cruiser was missing.
Investigators say Jones was seen running from a residence on East Washington Street around 1:36 a.m. Monday. After a foot chase, Jones was taken into custody.
The suspects brother, John Jones, told NBC4 he spoke to Herschel Jones minutes before he was taken into custody. He said Herschel had taken a quantity of an anti-anxiety drug called Klonopin. He was out of his mind on drugs, Jones said. He already had done what he done. He still didnt admit it to me though thats how far out of his mind he was. He completely went over the edge.
John Jones says family members called Herschels parole officer last week to report that he had guns and drugs and was at risk of doing something bad. John Jones says nothing was done.
Jones says his brother had asked judges on several occasions to send him to a mental institution rather than to prison. He says those requests were denied.
Reportedly, Herschel had an extensive criminal record ranging from breaking and entering, burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of illegal chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.
We will update as new details surface.