Audio: Wife of slain JPSO sergeant makes tearful 911 call

Jefferson Parish homicide suspect calls 911
Published: Aug. 6, 2018 at 8:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 8:17 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - In a FOX 8 exclusive, we have obtained the 911 call made the night of June 17 when a Jefferson Parish sheriff's sergeant died of a gunshot wound.

(Read transcript of call)

The case was originally investigated as a suicide, but now the sergeant's wife, Shantel Wagner, is booked with his murder.

On the 911 call, made on the night of the Father's Day holiday, Wagner said her husband shot himself. But during a preliminary hearing Monday, the lead investigator in the case said there were several inconsistencies in her story, including where the gun was positioned on JPSO Sgt. Troy Smith. The investigator also testified that Wagner's account of the events didn't line up with the scene reconstruction.

Wagner's defense maintained that Smith committed suicide. According to court documents, the defense said Smith was drinking, depressed and financially destitute. The documents also say Wagner had told Smith she was leaving him. The defense also claims Smith had been contemplating death for weeks leading up to the alleged suicide. At Monday's hearing, the defense called one of Smith's friends to the stand. She testified that Smith told her he was going to kill himself.

During the investigator's testimony, Wagner, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, often shook her head "no." She faces second-degree murder.

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