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911 CALL: Woman warns police before cop killing

Posted at 9:54 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 20:25:11-05

A chilling 911 call was released Monday after an Ohio man shot and killed a Danville Police officer, police said.

A woman on the phone warns a dispatcher that her ex-boyfriend, Herschel Ray Jones III, was armed, dressed in camouflage and "looking to kill a cop."

Then, she stops. "He's coming home. I gotta go." 

The dispatcher asks if the woman would like him to send officers to her location, and she says, "No, that's the bad thing. He'll kill me."

Less than 30 minutes later, Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was found dead behind a municipal building.

Listen to the full 911 call in the video player above.

Officials did not immediately say how Cottrell died. But Chief Jim Gilbert, the chief deputy of the Franklin County Sheriff's office, tweeted early Monday: "Prayers for Ohio's first fallen officer for 2016 a Danville PD Officer was shot/killed this evening in Knox County."

Jones, suspected in the officer's death but not yet charged, was taken into custody around 1:30 a.m. following a short foot chase after he was spotted running from a home in Danville, which is about 60 miles northeast of Columbus.

Jones, 32, has a lengthy criminal history and in one case tried to claim he was legally insane, according to court records. Knox County court records show Jones has multiple convictions for breaking and entering, burglary, receiving stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon dating back to 2001. In a 2011 case, he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity before changing his plea to guilty.

Ohio prison records show Jones served nearly four years for the 2011 convictions on charges of receiving stolen property and possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs. He was released last April.