cphilip. What you shared is a tragedy beyond reckoning. Wow. I'm really sorry to hear of it.
Here's the latest buzz on the deputy's story.
Deputy had been arrested for altercation with son
By APRIL HUNT, LARRY CONLEY
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/11/08
The DeKalb County sheriff's deputy who shot an intruder who he said shot his wife was arrested in November, 2006 for a domestic violence incident after an altercation with his teenage son, records show.
Derrick Yancey, 46, was charged with simple battery and simple assault after an argument with his son over playing "offensive music," according to a police report. The teenager said Yancey hit him and threw his computer keyboard to the ground, according to the report.
The charges against Yancey were later dropped, according to county records. His son said he did not wish to prosecute.
On Monday, Yancey, 46, shot and killed a man inside his Stone Mountain home. He said the man, who has not been identified, shot his wife, 44-year-old Linda Yancey, who also died inside the home that the couple shared for a decade. Yancey was off-duty at the time.
Both Yanceys worked for the DeKalb sheriff's office. Derrick Yancey is a 17-year-veteran deputy whose job was to transport inmates around the state. Linda Yancey had worked for the department for 13 years, first in the county court and most recently as intake officer in the juvenile court.
Police are still trying to piece together what happened inside their brick two-story home. Yancey is the only witness to the shootings that prompted a 911 call to the upscale subdivision at about 1 p.m. Monday.
DeKalb County police, who are investigating the incident, did not release details. Yancey said he did not know the man, who police had yet to identify Wednesday.
"We are still unsure who the man was, how that man got into the house or why he was there," said Mekka Parish, spokeswoman for DeKalb police.
Police are waiting for an autopsy to help reveal the identity of the man, identified only as a Hispanic male. A relative told police that the man might have been a day laborer, but police were unable to confirm that information, Parish said.
Neighbors in the quiet subdivision said Yancey would hire workers to help with landscaping and plantings at his home. But he also took personal care of the lawn, which stands out even in a neighborhood of groomed lawns and sculpted plants.
"His yard is always meticulous," said Rhonda Broughton, who lives down the block. "He cut his grass every two or three days. He had to, because it's that grass they use for golf courses."
Yancey and the couples' two sons, ages 8 and 18, are staying with relatives. The younger son arrived home Monday from day camp to find investigators and media swarming the area, neighbors said.
Yancey is on paid administration leave. The Sheriff's Office will conduct an internal investigation to make sure Yancey followed procedures when he fired his gun.
Doesn't really mean much to me. There's not enough data there to draw any conclusions but it does help to put together a composite of who the deputy is.