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Commissioner phones sheriff in emergency

COVINGTON, Ga. - According to a 911 recording of the call reporting an alleged assault at District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson’s house last week did not originate through a standard 911 call.

911 recording: Assault reported at Commissioner's house

According to the recording, the call was phoned in to a deputy by Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown. The deputy then called dispatch to put himself on the call, stating Badge No. 908, which is Brown’s badge number, called it in and wanted NCSO to go to the scene.

“I think it is just an altercation between neighbors and they want just want to file a report because it’s one of the commissioners,” Deputy Danny Peppers is heard saying in the recording.

According to the NCSO incident report, neither J.C. nor Jessie Henderson could provide the full name of the suspect in the incident.

Commissioner Henderson’s home is located within the city of Covington, which would fall under the jurisdiction of Covington Police Department. At the time of the call, one other 911 call was holding for NCSO and zero calls were holding for CPD, according to Covington-Newton County 911.

According to the incident report, the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

“Since this is an ongoing investigation, I will not have a comment at this time,” J.C. Henderson said in an email response to The Covington News. The News submitted questions to the commissioner asking why the sheriff was called versus 911 and why NCSO was requested over CPD for response.

This is not the first incident where Commissioner Henderson has directly phoned Brown for assistance.

In August of last year, Commissioner Henderson reportedly called Brown around 10 p.m. to report his son had stolen his van. Later that evening, Jessie Henderson was arrested in an incident that started with an attempted traffic stop by CPD.

Jessie Henderson was found to be driving the van under the influence of alcohol and fled from police. At the time of the traffic stop, which reportedly occurred at 11:45 p.m., a report on the stolen vehicle had not yet been filed by Brown or NCSO, according to the CPD report.

The Covington News has reached out to Brown and CPD Chief Stacey Cotton for comment on this incident. Comments were not received by press time.