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Questions Arise About Williamson County Manhunt

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by Jason Lamb

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Some people in Williamson County have been trying to figure out why the sheriff's office there waited more than 24 hours to publicly announce they were in the middle of a manhunt for Jeff Vaughn, a suspect the sheriff's office says shot at his wife and kids Saturday night, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Vaughn was arrested around 10 o'clock Sunday night.

As a result of the manhunt for Vaughn, a maintenance worker for Williamson County Schools who had access to school buildings, the school superintendent canceled school for Monday so the sheriff's office could search inside the schools.  The superintendent decided to keep the schools closed even after Vaughn was arrested Sunday night to eliminate confusion among parents.

"To go after that and confuse the situation further and reopen school or have a delayed start would have created chaos for our families," said Mike Looney, the Williamson County Schools superintendent.

Still, others want to know why the sheriff's office waited more than 24 hours after Vaughn's attack Saturday night to publicly announce the manhunt for him on Sunday night.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said they did a reverse 911 call to homes in the area of the search just hours after the attack Saturday night, and they had reason to think Vaughn was hiding in a contained area unable to hurt anyone.

They said they couldn't go into more details, but folks we spoke with said they still wanted to hear something from authorities sooner.

"It is a concern of the community to know that much time went by and we weren't aware of it," said Franklin resident Bunny Sugg.  "To me, that's the most important thing to get the info out there so we can act on it."

Looney says had the search gone on beyond just Sunday night, they might have had to change the locks on all their school doors.  But, he said he had reason to believe the sheriff's office would find Vaughn in a relatively short amount of time.


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