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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office launches internal affairs investigation after woman's death

9:56 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- The man accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend Tuesday is behind bars and now JSO is launching an internal affairs investigation on how their officers responded the night the victim was killed.

A record of 911 calls to the victim's residence doesn't show any calls from Monday night, but police are saying they responded to the victim's home the night before she died. Problem is, there's no report of it.

"The state law says that any allegation of domestic violence, we write a report and we didn't do that so I'm going to look into it and find out why," says Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt.

The night before 23-year-old Telia Toaltoan was killed, police say they were called out to her residence at around 10 p.m. They say Toaltoan was battered during a domestic dispute and went to the hospital to receive stitches, but officers who responded never filled out a report on the incident.

"We're going to be investigating whether or not they did everything they should have done. I have to say I don't know that it would have made any difference in this case since the suspect was not there," says Senterfitt.

The suspect and the victim's boyfriend, Prince Sanders, was not present when police arrived Monday night. They say he returned Tuesday morning and that's when he allegedly shot the victim. Sanders was found Tuesday night at Shands Hospital and was taken into custody. He's being held without bond for first degree murder and has a bond of $75,003 for a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and police say this isn't the couple's first incident of domestic violence.

"This lady, this victim, was actually contacted as a result of some of the past domestic violence and she declined the services, so we were familiar with this family," says Senterfitt.

JSO said they reached out to the victim back in July to join their domestic violence program, but she declined. Police say the couple have two children together.

Anyone wanting more information on JSO INVEST program to help victim's of domestic violence can call (904) 630-6300.

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