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JSO investigating officers' response to domestic violence call

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said they are looking into how officers handled a domestic violence call after the woman who called police was murdered the next morning.

Senterfitt said in a press conference Wednesday morning that officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Ralph Street Monday night to a domestic violence call.  The same address homicide detectives responded to Tuesday morning where a woman was shot to death.

Telia Toaltoan, 23, called police to report her live-in boyfriend had hit her during an argument.

Toaltoan went to St. Vincent's Hospital where she was treated for a cut.

Senterfitt said officers spoke with Toaltoan, but her boyfriend, Prince Sanders was not at the Riverside home.

The first thing Senterfitt said he wants to find out is why a report was not written documenting Toaltoan's claim of domestic violence, which is a Florida law.

Tuesday morning Sanders allegedly returned to the home he shared with Toaltoan and shot her multiple times in front of the two's roommate.  Sanders and Toaltoan's two children were inside at the time of the shooting, police said.

Rescue workers transported Toaltoan to the hospital where she died from her injuries.

Police arrested Sanders Tuesday at Shands Jacksonville.  Detectives said he came to the hospital to be treated for an injury but they are unsure if he received the injury in the dispute.

Sanders has a lengthy arrest record including other domestic violence charges, police said.

Sanders is currently being held in the Duval Country Pretrial Detention Facility on charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  He is not eligible for bond.

Undersheriff Senterfitt said JSO plans to start an internal investigation to find out why a report was not written and if more could have been done to help Toaltoan.  Senterfitt noted it may not have saved her life but the agency is going to make sure officers followed proper procedures.


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