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Monday, August 25, 2008

[TN] Fired 911 Official, Norwood, threatens to kill wife and himself

...“Upon speaking with the subject he advised officers that he was having thoughts of homicide and suicide”... Norwood was taken for a mental evaluation and has a charge of aggravated domestic assault pending for threatening his wife...

Fired Hamilton County 911 Administrator Threatens Murder-Suicide

WDEF News 12, TN -
August 22, 2008
The former administrator of Hamilton County's 911 center has charges pending against him after making suicidal and homicidal threats Thursday night. East Ridge police responded to 420 Cedar Glen Circle about 7:15. They found 52-year-old Dennis Norwood sitting in a vehicle in the driveway. They ordered him out of the car and then found a 40-caliber handgun inside. Norwood told the officers he was having thoughts of homicide and suicide. He was fired earlier this week from his job at the 911 center. He also formerly guided the Chattanooga police records department. Norwood was taken for a mental evaluation and has a charge of aggravated domestic assault pending for threatening his wife. [Link]

Police say fired official makes suicidal, homicidal threats
Chattanooga Times Free Press, TN
By: Adam Crisp
Aug. 21, 2008
East Ridge Police intervened Thursday evening after a recently-fired Hamilton County 911 Center official reportedly made suicidal and homicidal threats, according to a news release from the East Ridge Police Department. Dennis Norwood, 52, was reportedly inside his vehicle outside a home in the 400 block of Cedar Glen Circle, said Officer Erik Hopkins in a news release. Police responded because of reports that Mr. Norwood was threatening to harm himself and others. Officers ordered him out of the vehicle and Mr. Norwood complied, Officer Hopkins wrote. After a search of the vehicle police confiscated a .40-caliber handgun. "Upon speaking with the subject he advised officers that he was having thoughts of homicide and suicide," Officer Hopkins wrote. "Officers transported the subject … to Park Ridge East for a medical evaluation." The investigation into the incident is ongoing. A charge of aggravated domestic assault is pending, he said. A day earlier, 911 officials confirmed Mr. Norwood was asked to resign from his job as manager of operations. He had only been on the job since February. He was in charge of dispatchers and call takers and was hired to help transition the unification of 911 services in November of this year. Don Allen, chairman of the 911 board, declined to say why Mr. Norwood was asked to resign. Mr. Norwood said at the time that there were unspecified differences of opinion. "Things weren't going as I thought they should be going," he said. Prior to taking the job at 911, Mr. Norwood worked at the Chattanooga Police Department. [Link]

7 comments:

  1. sadly I think Mr. Norwood may get off on charges. Its a shame because he needs help and he will not get it :(

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  2. He is a good and decent man that has been struggling with losing his job and, as a result, a wife that wanted to desert him. For goodness sake, give him a break!

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  3. Ummm I think I would desert someone if they threatened me too. Sorry but I don't give breaks to those who chose to use guns in the wrong manner.

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  4. Mr. Norwood recently received judicial diversion in his case. In granting the diversion, the judge remarked that while it was technically a domestic assault, the weapon was never introduced by Mr. Norwood - it was never pointed at Ms. Beery-Norwood nor was it ever mentioned in the threat. She had earlier admitted to this under cross-examination.

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  5. Thank you. I hope it just gets better - whatever form that takes. Many of us have been through dark times and no one is better than anyone else.

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  6. AnonymousMay 01, 2010

    Here's another update for you... Mr. Norwood has completed everything Judge Poole asked for in his judgement... Mr. Norwood is living a productive life as a good citizen and is awaiting his 11/29 time to be up the end of August so this whole horrible mess instigated by a woman who was only out to hurt him and prop up her reasons for divorce. Turns out she had told his parents the weekend before the incident that she was going to divorce him but needed something to make her case stronger. He was never considering homicide or suicide, just uttered the wrong words to try and get her to cease her verbal attacks on him. Apparently she has now shown this side of her peronality to several of her friends causing them to re-evaluate her story.

    A close friend & former co-worker of Mr. Norwood

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  7. "...He was never considering homicide or suicide, just uttered the wrong words to try and get her to cease her verbal attacks on him..."

    If I say "I'm going to hijack this plane" and then say I was just trying to get the airline staff to pay attention to security...?

    Keyword - "just".

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