A woman who had called the police repeatedly on her boyfriend has been killed by him – along with her 8-year-old son. The woman’s father, and 7-year-old son were also shot, though not fatally. Police were at the house earlier in the day, when they told Latina Herring, the victim, not to call them anymore.
A video has been released of the altercation between Latina Herring, 35, and her boyfriend, Allen Cashe, to which police were called, but decided that there was no immediate danger, and that this was a domestic dispute, so they allowed Cashe to go freely.
Herring accused Cashe of taking keys to her apartment and not giving them back. Police decided, and told her, that she was making wild accusations.
Police can then be heard telling the distraught mother: “We’re going to handle it ma’am, just stop calling 911 and making accusations that you don’t know about, alright?”
Cashe returned that night with an AK-47, completing the deadly assault on Herring and her family.
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Police arrived at a Wawa in Sanford, Florida around 3:20am on Monday after receiving the 911 call.
In the footage obtained by WESH, Herring can be heard arguing with Cashe as police stand by, and she accuses him of taking the keys to her house and refusing to give them back.
Cashe maintained that he didn’t have the keys to her home, and authorities separated the two and asked them both questions about their relationship.
Cashe says: ‘I ain’t got time to play games, she comes home with an attitude coming home from the club drunk.’
Officers on the scene allowed him to leave and deemed the situation as stable.
Of Herring, they said: ‘She’s making false accusations. It’s the second time she’s done it.’
They can then be heard telling the distraught mother: ‘We’re going to handle it ma’am, just stop calling 911 and making accusations that you don’t know about, alright?’
At one point, an officer says: ‘I think he’s calling because he’s afraid he’s going to do something to her.’
Around 6:30am, police believe Cashe returned with the gun and shot dead his girlfriend and her young son.
‘I can’t stress enough that this scene is one of the worst that our officers and investigators have ever responded to,’ Sanford spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said, according to Click Orlando. ‘It’s horrific.’
Friends of Herring say they are disappointed in the actions of police, who they believe had ample opportunity to stop an escalating situation.
‘Sanford PD’s a big disappointment to me and to others,’ said Ladasha Beasley, a friend of Herring.
‘To protect and serve who man? Who? Justice needs to be served.’
Police were called again later in the evening when the couple started arguing again back at the Herring’s house.
Herring gave the officer who arrived on the scene a bag of Cashe’s belongings, which reportedly included a gun. It’s unclear if the officer knew there was a weapon in the bag.
The same 911 caller called back shortly after to say Cashe had a gun, but at that moment the officer was still at the residence.
Herring was pronounced dead at the scene, while her two sons – 7-year-old Brendon and 8-year-old Brandon – and father were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
The sons were airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children while the grandfather was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital
Cashe then reportedly fled the house and ran to West 24th Street and Marshall Avenue where he shot two more bystanders, both of whom were also taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital. Both are in stable condition.
Police say the bystanders, a man and a woman, were not connected to Cashe. the female is a student at Winter Springs High School.