Columbus Veteran’s Family seeks answers


OBTAINED THIS VIDEO.. SHOWING SEVERAL POLICE VISITS TO A COLUMBUS HOME LAST FRIDAY. BUT DESPITE CONVERSATIONS AND CONTACT WITH MENTALLY TROUBLED VETERAN DEREK HENDERSON, HE WAS NEVER TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. THIS IS A FOLLOW UP TO A STORY WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU LAST NIGHT AT 5:30. AND TONIGHT.. OUR RICH NYE TALKED WITH THE VETERAN’S FAMILY. THEY’RE ASKING WHY LAW ENFORCEMENT IN BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY FAILED TO CARRY OUT AN EMERGENCY DETENTION COURT ORDER…WITH A TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE. :28 :42 COLUMBUS POLICE FIRST CAME TO THIS HOME LAST FRIDAY AT 11:30 AM, BUT FAILED TO MAKE CONTACT WITH 38-YEAR-OLD DEREK HENDERSON. “YOU’RE BIPOLAR. YOU’RE NOT ON YOUR MEDICINE. YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE SOME ISSUES.” POLICE CAME BACK MID-AFTERNOON AND TALKED WITH HENDERSON ON HIS PORCH, BUT HE REFUSED ASSISTANCE. “ALL WE WANT TO DO IS TALK.” A THIRD CALL ON THE HOME INITIATED BY THE BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AROUND 6:30 PM ENDED WITHOUT THE MENTALLY TROUBLED AIR FORCE VETERAN BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. RICH NYE “THE FAMILY WORKED WITH VA DOCTORS TO OBTAIN AN EMERGENCY DETENTION COURT ORDER. THAT ORDER WAS GRANTED BY SUPERIOR COURT 1 HERE IN BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY. AND THAT GAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPLETE AUTHORITY AND A DIRECTIVE TO PICK UP DEREK HENDERSON.” CHRIS MONROE/UNCLE OF HENDERSON’S WIDOW “VERY DISAPPOINTED, A LOT OF QUESTIONS – WHY DIDN’T IT HAPPEN? WHY WASN’T HE PICKED UP? UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION EARLIER IN THE DAY ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION WHERE HE WAS TO BE TRANSPORTED TO. BUT ONCE THAT GOT CLARIFIED, WHY WASN’T IT DONE?” AFTER MIDNIGHT, YOU CAN SEE HENDERSON LEAVE HIS HOME WITH A BASEBALL BAT. NEIGHBORS SAY HE WALKED UP HOME AVENUE BASHING HOME AND CAR WINDOWS. TWO BLOCKS AWAY, COLUMBUS HOME OWNER JOHN NOONAN SHOT AND KILLED DEREK HENDERSON JUST BEFORE 1 AM. NOONAN SAYS HE WAS CONFRONTED IN HIS HOME BY HENDERSON WITH THE BAT. CHRIS MONROE/UNCLE OF HENDERSON’S WIDOW “WE’RE SORRY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HOMEOWNER. HE SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN PLACED IN THIS POSITION EITHER, WHATEVER THE SITUATION WAS. WE’RE NOT MAKING ANY CLAIM THAT HE OVERREACTED.” HENDERSON’S DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION WHILE THE SHERIFF HAS OPENED AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION. CHRIS MONROE/UNCLE OF HENDERSON’S WIDOW “ANGER, DISAPPOINTMENT, GRIEF – DEREK SHOULD NOT BE IN A FUNERAL HOME NOW. HE SHOULD BE IN A MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL.” I’M RICH NYE, CHANNEL 13, EYEWITNESS NEWS. WE DID REACH OUT TO THE V-A MEDICAL CENTER.. FOR A STATEMENT. 13 INVESTIGATES JUST OBTAINED THIS VIDEO.. SHOWING SEVERAL POLICE VISITS TO A COLUMBUS HOME LAST FRIDAY. BUT DESPITE CONVERSATIONS AND CONTACT WITH MENTALLY TROUBLED VETERAN DEREK HENDERSON, HE WAS NEVER TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. THIS IS A FOLLOW UP TO A STORY WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU LAST NIGHT AT 5:30. AND TONIGHT.. OUR RICH NYE TALKED WITH THE VETERAN’S FAMILY. THEY’RE ASKING WHY LAW ENFORCEMENT IN BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY FAILED TO CARRY OUT AN EMERGENCY DETENTION COURT ORDER…WITH A TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE. :28 :42 COLUMBUS POLICE FIRST CAME TO THIS HOME LAST FRIDAY AT 11:30 AM, BUT FAILED TO MAKE CONTACT WITH 38-YEAR-OLD DEREK HENDERSON. “YOU’RE BIPOLAR. YOU’RE NOT ON YOUR MEDICINE. YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE SOME ISSUES.” POLICE CAME BACK MID-AFTERNOON AND TALKED WITH HENDERSON ON HIS PORCH, BUT HE REFUSED ASSISTANCE. “ALL WE WANT TO DO IS TALK.” A THIRD CALL ON THE HOME INITIATED BY THE BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AROUND 6:30 PM ENDED WITHOUT THE MENTALLY TROUBLED AIR FORCE VETERAN BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. RICH NYE “THE FAMILY WORKED WITH VA DOCTORS TO OBTAIN AN EMERGENCY DETENTION COURT ORDER. THAT ORDER WAS GRANTED BY SUPERIOR COURT 1 HERE IN BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY. AND THAT GAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPLETE AUTHORITY AND A DIRECTIVE TO PICK UP DEREK HENDERSON.” CHRIS MONROE/UNCLE OF HENDERSON’S WIDOW “VERY DISAPPOINTED, A LOT OF QUESTIONS – WHY DIDN’T IT HAPPEN? WHY WASN’T HE PICKED UP? UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION EARLIER IN THE DAY ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION WHERE HE WAS TO BE TRANSPORTED TO. BUT ONCE THAT GOT CLARIFIED, WHY WASN’T IT DONE?” AFTER MIDNIGHT, YOU CAN SEE HENDERSON LEAVE HIS HOME WITH A BASEBALL BAT. NEIGHBORS SAY HE WALKED UP HOME AVENUE BASHING HOME AND CAR WINDOWS. TWO BLOCKS AWAY, COLUMBUS HOME OWNER JOHN NOONAN SHOT AND KILLED DEREK HENDERSON JUST BEFORE 1 AM. NOONAN SAYS HE WAS CONFRONTED IN HIS HOME BY HENDERSON WITH THE BAT. CHRIS MONROE/UNCLE OF HENDERSON’S WIDOW “WE’RE SORRY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HOMEOWNER. HE SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN PLACED IN THIS POSITION EITHER, WHATEVER THE SITUATION WAS. WE’RE NOT MAKING ANY CLAIM THAT HE OVERREACTED.” HENDERSON’S DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION WHILE THE SHERIFF HAS OPENED AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION. CHRIS MONROE/UNCLE OF HENDERSON’S WIDOW “ANGER, DISAPPOINTMENT, GRIEF – DEREK SHOULD NOT BE IN A FUNERAL HOME NOW. HE SHOULD BE IN A MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL.” I’M RICH NYE, CHANNEL 13, EYEWITNESS NEWS. WE DID REACH OUT TO THE V-A MEDICAL CENTER.. FOR A STATEMENT. THEY SENT US ONE THIS AFTERNOON.. TELLING US QUOTE.. “IF THERE COULD BE A POSITIVE RESULT FROM THIS TRAGIC SITUATION..IT WOULD BE THAT OTHER VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES SEE AND REALIZE THAT THE V-A

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