Deputy Chad Tavenner, of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, has been fired after a murder-suicide that many believe he could have, and should have, prevented. According to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Tavenner failed to file reports, find probable cause, and even failed to make arrests in at least two incidents, in which a violent husband was targeting his estranged wife despite a restraining order.
Chericia Brown called 911 on April 8, saying that husband, Henry Brown, had arrived at a KinderCare, took the spark plugs out of her car and followed her. Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said that Tavenner failed to file a report that night. Deputy Tavenner was later dispatched to a car driven by a man who looked like Henry Brown but failed to investigate that incident, too.
He travels to that call for service and believes it is Henry Brown, but yet again fails to make a report, failed to establish probable cause, and does not notify anyone within the Sheriff’s Office or surrounding law enforcement agencies of a pending criminal matter involving a violation of an injunction, said Eslinger.
Tavenner did not tell his sergeant that Henry Brown tried to block Chericia Brown and her friend with a car, or about the children being in Henry Brown’s car while he tried to block them.
We learned later that he actually deceived his sergeant and his co-worker that evening, saying that the incident actually occurred in Altamonte Springs, and that he was there only for an escort and a standby, said Eslinger.
A report said Tavenner lied about important details such as what had happened, where the incident took place and whether domestic violence had occurred. He also failed to mention the injunction to his sergeant or complete a report and file charges.
Had Deputy Tavenner carried out the oath that he had taken, the oath to protect and serve, then there is a strong chance that Chericia Brown would still be alive. However, because Deputy Tavenner couldn’t be bothered to do his job, Henry Brown was free to roam the streets and then murder his wife and children.
Sheriff Eslinger said Tavenner violated the Sheriff’s Office policy and was issued a capias on charges of violating state law, but the state attorney declined to prosecute Tavenner.
According to WFTV,
The murder-suicide started April 17 outside the Lake Mary Chili’s restaurant when Brown, 30, stabbed his estranged wife 15 times before returning and running over his wife and two good Samaritans who were trying to help her, according to authorities. Detectives said that after running over the three, Brown picked up his two children, got into a shootout with deputies at a hospital and led authorities on a chase on I-4, where his vehicle was stopped. Officials said they found Brown and his two children dead in his vehicle.
Chericia Brown accused her husband of previously attacking her, and she attended a domestic violence seminar and was granted an injunction for protection against him. However, the state attorney’s office said on February 10 that no criminal charges would be filed against Henry Brown, according to police.
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