911 caller says deputy passed man before killings

AP News
Posted: Mar 19, 2011 9:19 PM
911 caller says deputy passed man before killings

A South Carolina deputy sheriff drove past a man heading to his ex-girlfriend's house with a loaded gun six minutes before officers arrived at the woman's house to find her, her two children and the man dead from gunshot wounds.

The recording of the 911 call released by the Lexington County Sheriff's Office this weekend reveals that the unidentified friend of 32-year-old Chancey Smith saw a deputy pass Smith's truck Tuesday night while the friend was following Smith and giving their location to a dispatcher.

The caller did not know where 27-year-old Amanda Peake lived with her two children, ages 9 and 6.

The friend called police from outside Smith's house at 9:53 p.m. and less than 20 minutes later the family was dead.

Phone and e-mail messages left with a sheriff's spokesman were not immediately returned Saturday.