Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies knew there was a good chance they would find two bodies in what was described as a fatal shootout between SWAT members and a barricaded man on Friday night.
The body of the man with the barricades, identified as Anthony Legens, 36, was there as expected. But investigators also came looking for another man – and they found a dead woman instead.
For weeks, investigators had been searching for a 36-year-old man named Jerry Crews, who was last seen on April 21 at Cedar Hill, according to a sheriff’s spokesman. Detectives eventually suspected he had been killed, although no one in the sheriff’s office publicly explained why they thought so. Whatever the reason, he still did not have a body.
The investigation eventually led them to the Legens’ home at 8529 Lake Drive in Cedar Hill.
Sheriff Dave Marshak later told a news conference that SWAT officers arrived late on Friday and searched the house for a few hours before issuing a search warrant.
“Once the suspect learned that officers were on the scene, he was immediately gunned down,” Marshak said.
According to the sheriff, for more than an hour, deputies and Legens traded bullets. Marshak said a deputy, identified as a six-year veteran, was killed “under his tactical vest” and taken to hospital, while fellow SWAT officers and Legens continued their standoff.
Leganes was eventually shot and died on the spot, although the sheriff’s office has yet to release further details on the circumstances that resulted in his death.
According to a sheriff’s news release, when it was safe for deputies to enter the home, they looked for signs from the crew, but he was not there. Instead, they found the body of another person. In the release, the sheriff’s office acknowledged there were rumors about the woman, but said they had not yet confirmed her identity. She was already dead before Friday night’s shooting, according to the sheriff’s office.
The matter is still being resolved. Crime scene investigators spent the weekend at the Legens’ home and only ended up on Monday. According to the sheriff’s office, they have confiscated several guns and drugs.
The sheriff’s deputy, who was shot on Friday, underwent surgery and remained in critical condition on Tuesday.
An investigation into Friday’s performance continues with a search for the crew. The Sheriff asks anyone with information about the crew’s location to call the Sheriff’s Detective Bureau at 636-797-5515.
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