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911 call: 'He told me I was going to die today'

Posted January 25, 2010

— A Raleigh woman tearfully pleaded with emergency dispatchers for help last Friday morning as her former boyfriend chased her on U.S. Highway 1 and fired shots at her car, according to a 911 call released Monday.

“My ex-boyfriend is following me in a car, and he’s trying to kill me,” Heather Lee told a Chatham County dispatcher. "He’s going to shoot me if he catches me.”

Apex incident Terrifying chase detailed in 911 call

Lee said Monday that she had dated Jeremy Jones for about a year and a half before they broke up last July. She said they remained friends and didn't want to share details of what led up to the chase out of respect for Jones' family.

Lee told the dispatcher she had run into Jones in Sanford early Friday and that he threatened to kill her.

The dispatcher advised Lee, who was speeding north at about 90 mph on U.S. 1 from Chatham County into Wake County, to take the nearest exit in order to shake Jones off her tail.

"I’m scared. He told me he was going to kill me, told me I was going to die today,” Lee tearfully told the dispatcher.

"No, that’s not going to happen. We’re not going to let that happen," the dispatcher responded.

Lee got off on N.C. Highway 55 in Apex and headed south toward Holly Springs. The dispatcher advised her to make a U-turn and head north to Apex, where police were waiting to stop Jones.

Lee begged the dispatcher for another option, saying she didn't want to slow down to turn around because Jones was right behind her.

“If you slow down, he’s going to shoot you?” the dispatcher asked.

"Yes, ma’am, please, somebody,” a sobbing Lee said.

Apex police said Monday that they never told the dispatcher to send Lee back in their direction.

Janet Scott of the Chatham County 911 center said dispatchers made the decision to have Lee turn around into the path of a gunman.

"We were just trying to get her to the closest officers," Scott said.

As Lee headed back to the intersection of U.S. 1 and N.C. 55, Jones fired at least four shots at her Toyota Camry, police said.

Jones' Nissan Maxima then slammed into the back of a white minivan on N.C. 55 near Lufkin Road, and he shot and killed himself before police could arrest him.

Lee suffered minor injuries when she was hit by flying glass during the shooting. The occupants of the minivan were uninjured.


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  • slickgirl24 Jan 26, 2010

    Vietnam Vet said "I don't know how to tell you all this but this poor lady was ALREADY in the line of fire. The dispatchers were simply trying to get her back to the closest assistance by law enforcement officers."

    OMG!!! Someone with some common sense.

  • southrenbell222 Jan 26, 2010

    I am so glad that the woman was not hurt... regardless of what the dispatcher said, she was just trying to help. But like HANS said, no one else was hurt so...

  • slick rick da troll whisperer Jan 26, 2010

    "I don't know how to tell you all this but this poor lady was ALREADY in the line of fire."


  • Vietnam Vet Jan 26, 2010

    I don't know how to tell you all this but this poor lady was ALREADY in the line of fire. The dispatchers were simply trying to get her back to the closest assistance by law enforcement officers.

  • Hans Jan 26, 2010

    Victim OK
    Shooter dead
    No one else hurt

    Coulda woulda shoulda seems kind of irrelevant here.

  • reincarnatedasme Jan 26, 2010

    Sending her into the path of the shooter? That is foolish and it shouldn't take dispatcher training to figure that one out.

  • slick rick da troll whisperer Jan 26, 2010

    i could never do the job of the dispatch officer. for what it's worth, i think they did a great job. keep in mind that the dispatch did not have the ability to see what was going on. they were basing their instructions solely on what the caller was telling them, and they thought they were doing the right thing. the u-turn was a risky move, but when it comes down to it, that could possibly be the move that saved her life. in the end, it all worked out. she's alive and he is dead.

  • MileageWarrior Jan 26, 2010

    that being said, other than the decision to have her turn around and head back past the guy shooting at her, i think the dispatcher did a good job with the rest of the phone call. wow. i couldn't work 911 dispatch. that's got to be one crazy, heart wrenching job.

  • MileageWarrior Jan 26, 2010

    why would the dispatcher have her make a u-turn and come right back into the path of the guy who is shooting at her? she think the woman was driving a bullet proof car?

    holy moses. this 911 call wasn't something i really needed to hear. i regret clicking it. :( i'm glad she's safe, and glad he's dead. she doesn't have to be scared anymore. poor thing.

  • Ladybug1 Jan 26, 2010

    Poor Girl....What a horrible thing to go through.

    I wonder if this is the same Jeremy Jones from Lee County who has had other domestice violence charges and restraining orders on him? Check the Administrative office of the Courts site.