Chesterfield police received a total of 62 calls the night of a deadly party

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – On a busy night for law enforcement, Chesterfield police said they received 62 total calls for service across the county Friday night as a handover party high school graduations that became deadly was unfolding.

Police say Taborri Carter, 20, was shot and killed after two fights broke out at the party around 10.20pm. Five other youths were shot but survived. Two other teenagers were injured as they tried to escape from the chaotic scene.

A Chesterfield Police Department spokeswoman, Liz Caroon, said citizens called police five times about a rowdy party on Stepney Road in the Chester area before shots rang out. Police said they could not respond to those initial calls because officers were handling five other priority calls.

CBS 6 requested additional information about the five disturbance calls regarding the party and what neighbors reported. On Monday, Caroon provided the following breakdown of those calls:

9:38 p.m. – A large number of vehicles swerve through the neighborhood and people make noise at the party

9:44 p.m. – Someone is on top of a vehicle, other vehicles are coming

10:04 p.m. – This caller shared the same information as previous callers

10:06 p.m. – A large number of minors, around 50-100, on the street

10:19 p.m. – About 30 kids outside partying, making noise/shouting and physically fighting

The call for the shots came at 10:21 p.m. and that’s when officers dropped other calls to respond.

CBS 6 also asked for an expanded timeline of the other five incidents that took priority over initial disruption calls as well as the number of agents assisted. Caroon provided a detailed breakdown:

7:58 p.m. – Suspicious person call in. The caller reported that unknown suspects were seen pulling on the car’s door handles. Officers eventually apprehended several minors, at least one of whom had a gun, and transported them to juvenile detention. A total of 16 agents were on this call. (Two of the agents left that call to move on to the next call, and others ended up on other calls throughout the evening.) The call was cleared at 12:39 a.m. on Saturday 6/4.

9:19 p.m. – Trouble call came in. The caller reported a dispute between a resident of the group home and the staff. The problem was solved thanks to the advice given. A total of four agents were on this call. The call was dropped at 9:52 p.m. on 3/6. (Note: Two officers left this call to go to the next call, which was about the suicidal topic; when the other two officers cleared this call, they went to the accident DUI.)

9:38 p.m. – Suicide call entered. The caller reported that a suicidal youth was threatening to burn down the residence and commit suicide. A total of three agents were on this call. This call ended at 12:41 a.m. on 4/6.

9:50 p.m. – Vehicle accident with injured call entered. The caller reported that two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision; one of the drivers was eventually discovered intoxicated and arrested. A total of seven agents were on this call. This call was cleared at 1:07 a.m. on 6/4.

9:54 p.m. – Pickup call in. The caller reported that an adult female was being held captive at one location. It ended up being a disturbance and cleared up with the advice given. A total of 14 agents were on this call. This call ended at 10:52 p.m. on 6/3. Most of the officers on this call left when the call for fire arrived to respond to this scene.

Caroon said a total of 43 officers were on duty across the county Friday night. 13 officers worked in the Appomattox patrol division where the shooting took place, but each officer was tied up when disruption calls about the party came in. Caroon said units from other patrol divisions were brought into Appomattox to help with roll calls.

At a press conference on Saturday, Maj. Brad Badgerow said officers would have been at the party earlier in the night if other calls hadn’t been prioritized. He said there was nothing the officers could have done to prevent the party from spiraling out of control.

“I think if we had a crystal ball and knew what was going on, we could have done something else,” Badgerow said. “But under the circumstances, we have to respond to priority calls, and that’s what we did. When this one became a priority. We were there.”

Although a flyer promoting the party, without an address, was circulated on social media in advance, Badgerow said police were not aware of it in advance.

“In this case, we’re able to get our community engagement people involved, our analysts, our media, and really look at what it could be and have a plan. In this case, we don’t didn’t have that head held high, so it’s definitely unfortunate,” he said.

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