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Knox County shooting 911 call released

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

WALKER, Ky. (WYMT) - He says it was self defense but police call it murder. On December 27th, Jessie Jaynes, who was once a firefighter, called 911 to report a deadly shooting at his home. Now, he and his wife are charged with murder. Tonight we are learning more about the shooting from that 911 call.

Jessie Jaynes told us last week that he regretted this happened, but that James Cox left him no choice but to defend himself. Shortly after the incident, Jayne called 911.

"Dispatch: 911. Jaynes: Hey is this 911? Dispatch: Yes. Jaynes: I need... I just shot a guy in my yard."

Jaynes told dispatchers he knew something was not right when he and his wife Angela Jaynes returned home that night, when he says they then found James Cox standing in their yard.

"He was at the side of the house," Jaynes told dispatch. "He started towards me, I drew my gun, told him to stop, and he took another step and I shot him."

But it was the second shot from his wife that he says killed James Cox.

"He got up, charged me. We wrestled on the ground. I kicked him off of me. About that time my wife come out and she shot him again," Jaynes told the dispatcher.

"Dead?" he asked.

"He's 10-7," Jaynes responded.

In an interview from jail last week, Jaynes, who was once the Stinking Creek Fire Chief, said he did not know Cox at the time of the shooting.

"It's bad. It's heartbreaking. I spent 25 years of my life trying to save people's lives. Never imagined having to be in this situation, so for me, it's heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his family, his friends."

However, police say some sort of relationship between Cox and Angela Jaynes did exist prior to the incident and believe the shooting was not in self defense as Jessie Jaynes described during the call.

Both Jessie and Angela Jaynes are charged with murder and are being held at the Laurel County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. A court date has been set for January 10th at 1 pm.


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