New details released in July shooting where police went to wrong address

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by Adam McDonald / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 30 at 10:43 AM

ST.LOUIS (KMOV.com) – New details have been released in a July shooting that left two people killed in St. Louis City.

According to police, Tony Jordan and Jessica Thompson were shot to death at an apartment complex on Cabanne Avenue. Authorities say the suspect, Adrian Houston, allegedly broke into Thompson’s apartment and began choking her.

Attorney Al Watkins said Thompson called 9-1-1 during the attack and said the response from the dispatcher was “disturbing.”

“The tenor of her actions and statements were such that you would almost think she was reporting a cat stuck in a tree,” Watkins said. According to Watkins, the dispatcher sent police to an address that didn’t exist. 

A copy of the police report from the incident indicates that the first call was made around 12:50 a.m. reporting the initial assault. About 38 minutes later, Houston returned to the apartment complex, allegedly killing Jordan and Thompson.

“This report has been sanitized for the purposes of making the complete and utter negligence not a part of the formal record,” Watkins said.

According to Watkins, the report does not mention why it took authorities 38 minutes to get to the apartment complex, and says this gives him no doubt the shooting could have been prevented. 

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement saying: “This incident is currently being investigated by our internal affairs division. We cannot provide further information on the details of this incident. At this time, the dispatcher is not answering or dispatching 9-1-1 calls.”

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