ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A police dispatcher's misunderstanding may have sent officers to the wrong address while an attacker shot two people dead.
Court documents say that Jessica Thompson was inside her apartment with a male friend when her boyfriend showed up. They say he tried to choke her. The apartment groundskeeper told the boyfriend to go away. Then he came back.
Tony Jordan, 32, and Jessica Thompson, 25, both of the 5800 block of Cabanne were both found shot and killed on July 9th. Officers received a call around 1:30am from an apartment building on Cabanne Avenue at Goodfellow. Police say Jordan was found outside the building. He had been shot in the head. Thompson was found inside the apartment. She was also shot in the head. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.
The situation could have ended much differently according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Police department spokeswoman Leah Freeman says that the dispatcher, "misheard the address" and sent officers to the wrong location. But, it is not clear if officers could have saved the victims had they gone to the right place.
Relatives of the victims are very upset by this revelation. They tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that this crime could have been prevented.
Police arrested Adrian Houston, 37 of University City for murdering his girlfriend and the apartment groundskeeper who tried to help her. Houston is being held without bond.
The dispatcher is still working in the communications center, but is not answering 9-1-1 calls during the internal investigation. The dispatcher is not publicly identified.
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