WAAY 31’s request to obtain a copy of the 911 call made by the former Fayetteville Fire Chief accused of using a racial slur was denied.
Police arrested Horace Caudle, 27, in connection with the attempted aggravated robbery of former Fayetteville Fire Chief Danny Travis back in December. That assault is what sparked the 911 call in which the N-word was reportedly used.
WAAY 31 formally requested the 911 recording last week and received notice from the Fayetteville - Lincoln County Emergency Communications comittee Thursday.
The letter reads in part: “Due to the ongoing criminal litigation involving these recordings, the request for these recordings cannot be released at this time.” Fayetteville-Lincoln Co. Emergency Communications Chair Murray Blackwelder wrote.
The criminal litigation stems from an incident in which the former fire chief and his wife were victims of an attempted armed robbery on December 15. According to the police report, Travis was entering his vehicle when he was attacked by a man with a handgun demanding his wallet. The document also revealed that Travis was pistol whipped, before the suspect took off running.
In the days following the incident, one of the responding Fayetteville officers filed a Title 6 Complaint alleging that the former fire chief called him the N word and it was all caught on tape.
Scott Collins, Fayetteville City Administrator, told WAAY 31 he has reviewed the 911 call, but with the pending federal complaint, he could not share with us what was said in the recording.
“We’ve conveyed the message that certain things will not be tolerated by the workforce in the city of Fayetteville and we’ve taken the appropriate action to address it,” Collins said.
Travis was suspended and swiftly retired amidst the allegations.
Fayetteville-Lincoln Co. Emergency Communications Chair, who also happens to be the Lincoln County Sheriff, told WAAY 31 the denial was to ensure that they would not jeopardize the ongoing criminal investigation of the attack. Blackwelder, however, admits he has not listened to the recording.