Hell Week in Jackson County, Florida
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February 5th, 2007 06:19 AM
Hell Week in Jackson County, Florida
Just up the road, about 30-miles from me, a man I consider a friend, and a hero, lost his wife and a deputy to a couple of scumbags. The man is Johnny McDaniel, "Johnny Mac" to the locals here. He's the Sheriff of Jackson County, Florida. His wife, Mellie, was returning home from the grocery store when she was murdered.
Mrs. McDaniel was on the phone with her husband when she pulled into the driveway of their home in Marianna, Florida last week. She had advised him she had been followed home, and he'd summoned backup. Story is, Sheriff McDaniel heard his wife's screams, and the gunshots that killed her, on the radio phone they were using. Immediately after this, Jackson County Deputy Michael Altman arrived, and he too, was shot dead.
When Sheriff McDaniel arrived, he also came under fire. Two deputies that arrived immediately after him killed the two scumbags with a hail of automatic weapons fire. They too, are heroes.
The funerals were Saturday. I was in Marianna, and the entire community is just sad. Deflated. Like the wind has been knocked out of the whole town.
This is a modern day horror story. It's summarized, but it's true--it's also a story I wish that never happened, something never to be shared.
If you're so inclined, please say a prayer for Johnny McDaniel and his family. Also for Deputy Micheal Altman and his. A kind word for a deeply shaken community wouldn't hurt either.
February 5th, 2007 07:15 AM
Prayers sent. My condolences to all......
How sad that our world still has people capable of things like this.
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February 5th, 2007 09:32 AM
Prayers sent. Truely a horrible tragedy. I can't even imagine what he's going through. I'm glad they killed the trash that did this.
February 5th, 2007 10:08 AM
Mabe this will wake some people up. It takes a real scum bag to do something like this. Were the BGs some one trying to get even with the sheriff or was it a robbery attempt?
February 5th, 2007 10:14 AM
I am there in spirit. Wish I could be there, to offer respectful honor to those who needlessly died ... and to p(#& on the graves of the murderers who committed this atrocity.
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February 5th, 2007 10:32 AM
I am sickened and stunned at such atrocity ....... it is hard to find words that are either adequate or allowable.
RIP to the lady and deputy.
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February 5th, 2007 03:42 PM
wow... i'm speechless. He's got my thoughts and prayers though.
i'm glad the killers were gunned down in a rain of fire too.. it can't bring the dead back, but it's as close to an emotional justice I guess that can be given to the Sheriff McDaniel.
I know if I were in that position, just too late and had my spouse killed, I'm sure I'd have emptied every round in anger, even after the BGs were killed, then finally brake down emotionally after.
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February 5th, 2007 04:04 PM
May God grant the Sheriff peace and the families and community comfort. No words!!!!!!!!!!!
February 5th, 2007 10:03 PM
One of the two BG's was under suspicion for the murder of his wife (and possibly a wife prior to that) and Sheriff McDaniel testified at a hearing that the case was still open. Dirtbag was trying to collect her life insurance, and the fact that the case was open threw a wrench into his plan. He apparently recruited his yard/maintenance guy to assist and provide an alibi.
At this time, evidence discovered in the dirtbag's vehicle indicate an intent to kidnap, rape, torture and ultimately murder both the sheriff and his wife. When Mrs. McDaniel arrived home she was in communication with her husband, and backup was enroute. I suspect the cellphone/radio phone communication which was going on at the time may have sealed her fate. Deputy Altman arrived within moments and he was gunned down when he attempted to provide assistance to Mrs. McDaniel. Reports indicate the Sheriff came under fire upon arrival, but the BG's missed. Immediately after, two more Jackson County deputies arrived (at least one a SWAT team member) and opted for fully automatic weapons. Dirtbags were exterminated. Published reports state the entire incident lasted a total of seven (7) minutes start to finish.
To answer your question, the sheriff was targeted specifically in retaliation. Both Sheriff and Mrs. McDaniel have always been held in very high esteem in Jackson County, and I've been told that he'd never lost a precinct in 27-years service as sheriff.
More than 300 law enforcement officers from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and other states attended Mrs. McDaniels funeral Saturday.
The details are available at www.wjhg.com, www.wmbb.com, and www.jcfloridan.com.
February 6th, 2007 02:28 AM
I'm only 90 miles away...I feel deeply saddened for the Sheriff and his family/friends...
The only saving grace is the 'proper' questioning techniques used by the responding deputies...
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February 6th, 2007 03:24 AM
I'm planning to move to that area and just happened to be in Marianna on Sat. morning. I heard about the incident and saw several members of different departments arriving for the funeral. A really sad day. The person I was in town to see told me how popular the Sheriff is. Glad they killed the scumbags.
February 6th, 2007 10:20 AM
IARC there was a news story that 27 years ago he responded to a robbery where his father was killed by a serial murderer.
Makes me wonder, how many LEOs' wives take their personal security serious enough. While rare, they can make a fine target or collateral.
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February 6th, 2007 10:42 AM
That's true--he was a deputy at the time, responded to a robbery and his dad was the victim. The perps on that one were Ottis Toole and Henry Lee Lucas, two serial killers that wreaked havoc from Jacksonville, Florida, all the way to Texas and beyond. Fortunately, both of those dregs have passed. Regrettably, we paid the freight for both until they died in prison.
February 6th, 2007 04:27 PM
Wow. Very sad. I used to live across the river in Chattahoochee, FL.
February 7th, 2007 02:51 AM
Hits so close to home. RIP.
This state is on fire with crime already this early in the year.
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