Resident upset over police response time

Reported by: Megan Wise
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Updated: 8/28/2013 6:32 pm
A Rossville man claims Walker County 911's response time is too long.

He claims it took them more than an hour an a half to come to his neighborhood after he called about a suspicious person. The concerned resident who lives on Kelly Street in Rossville said, "We noticed somebody that was wondering around on a cell phone down there by the mailboxes. He doesn't live up here. We don't know who he was." He said that he called Walker County 9-1-1 over this suspicious person near his home.

The concerned resident said, "I called at 9:11pm last night. They didn't show up until 10:45 and all they did was drive thru and leave." He stated that he's upset that it supposedly took them more than an hour and a half to get to his location. The concerned resident said, "I mean I guess we are too far away from LaFayette, so the county doesn't want nothing to do with us. Rossville has their chance, but they don't want anything to do with us." The resident is disabled and worries about how to protect himself from this type of activity. He said, "So what do you do. You're supposed to call 911, but they don't show up for almost 2 hours."

He says that he was the victim of a home invasion two weeks ago. The concerned resident went on to say, "Somebody was knocking on the door. I open the door. I try to open the door. They jerk it open. And the beat me half to death and steal my laptop."

News 12 spoke to Sheriff Steve Wilson with Walker County Sheriff's Office stated that their average response time is twelve and a half minutes. The Walker County Sheriff stated that the delay is very unusual. The officers were dispatched to more dangerous situations and had to prioritize.
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