UPDATE: April 4
Sanford Police held a news conference to clear up what the officers are calling misinformation that's being reported about their comments during the incident where police were on the scene hours before the murder of Latina Herring and her 8-year-old son.
WPLG reports Police Chief Cecil Smith believes the comments were "taken out of context." Police can be heard telling Herring to "stop calling 911" and telling her that she was making “false accusations.”
During the news conference Smith explained that the officer was on the phone with Herring's friend that called 911 for a well-being check after Herring told him that Cashe was abusive.
Smith also cleared up that the statement made by the officer saying “stop calling 911” were directed towards the third party caller and not to Herring. Smith believes that statement was made to the person on the phone in an effort to get them to come in and make a statement as part of the investigation.
WATCH | Police from Sanford, FL have released bodycam footage that shows the interaction between police, Latina Herring and her boyfriend Allen Cashe on Monday, March 27th. Three hours after that interaction, Cashe allegedly shot and killed Herring and her 8-year-old with an AK-47.
Police first responded to a domestic dispute between Herring and Cashe at a Wawa gas station at 2 am on March 27th. Twenty minutes after leaving the incident they were called back to a nearby residence as the situation continued.
HEART OF THE STORY | Bodycam video captured both incidents and showed police officers at the scene not taking Herring's concerns seriously.
"She's making false accusations,” one of the officers is heard saying on the video. "It’s the second time she’s done it."
We're going to handle it. Just stop calling 911 and making accusations that you don't know about.
KEY EVIDENCE | The footage also showed an officer telling Herring to stop calling 911.
The police on the scene believed the couple was just arguing and it wouldn't turn physical. Since there wasn't violence at the time and it was a "civil matter", they didn't make any arrests.
Three hours later they arrested Allen Cashe for the murders of Latina Herring and her 8-year-old son Branden Christian. Cashe allegedly also tried to kill her 7-year-old son and her father.
Cashe also is charged with shooting two bystanders outside the home, including a high school student who was waiting for a bus.
Domestic violence is a reality in society that doesn't distinguish itself among race, creed, location, color or class.
Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said in a statement that he was deeply saddened by "the senseless shooting."