County dispatch center releases 911 audio from Showalter call

The Erie County regional dispatch center has released an audio recording of the 911 call made by Jody Showalter on Sunday morning.
Sandusky Register Staff
Mar 25, 2012

The Erie County regional dispatch center has released an audio recording of the 911 call made by Jody Showalter on Sunday morning.

Showalter, who was off duty at the time, is heard calling dispatchers after a pedestrian pulled a gun on him near Columbus Avenue and Washington Park. Showalter resigned on Tuesday, amid allegations he got into a scuffle with another off-duty officer Saturday night.

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Marcus M

Fourth article, same subject, the registerag continues their agenda.....

Mail order bride

 Moral or the story,

If your an off duty cop dont ever get drunk,

Dont get a gun pulled on you,

And dont call 911.  Typically a gun trumps a public intox charge

Unless your an off duty cop from sandusky during a very slow news

Week in which you will now be the bad guy instead of the victim.


Pastor Ron

Moral of the story

If you are a Sandusky Police Officer...... act like it.

Don't get drunk and fight with your co-workers in the street

Don't get drunk and look for random people to fight in Cabana Jacks.

Don't say people have a gun and when they are stopped.... find that they do not have a gun

Don't crash squad cars

Remember to put your car in park before you get out or it is likely to roll into other cars

Other cops should remember dressing up like you are bikers makes you look like an idiot

Don't send sexual text messages to your co-workers wife ever if she is a dirty @&o#$

When you tear gas people check the direction of the wind

Remember these things and if you leave the SPD..... you might be able to get a job as a mall cop


 Just wondering how longs the Register going to keep beating this up now?


Another cop with   Little Man Syndrome.


I wonder if SPD was as furious as I was reading 03/23's article in the SR where it was nothing but race baiting done by the Register. What I'm referencing to is the writer saying the only description the two men fit was "they were black". Are you that desperate to increase your audience SR? How Emil Whitis earns a paycheck is beyond me; I can only hope he's an unpaid intern.

"typically a gun charge trumps a public intox charge" --couldn't have said it any better myself Mail Order Bride. 


100% agreed FearTheStache03


 This story has been rehashed too many times. Leave the man alone and find other news to report.


Ok!  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!  The man resigned....can we move on????  He is no longer a SPO.....leave him doesn't matter any more....geez SR....

Mail order bride

 Pastor ron what website did you buy you pastoral Degree from?  You are very sinical for a " pastor" . Did you eat meat on friday( fish is meat btw). So do you  condone the cover up by the church regarding the child molestation scandal.

God bleas SPD. God hates the Sandusky Register.


Pathetic..... SR is truely a RAG!


Confusion???? Dispatchers have no idea where things are when Jodi tells them where he is and where the suspects are? Thats something that they are not familiar with  if they were not a former SPD dispatcher.Not the dispatchers fault. Drunk or not at least Jodi was able to stay on the line to correct information? They finally had to get a dispatcher that was a former Sanduusky PD dispatcher who first of all knew the area and second of all knew Jodi as a police officer. When the second dispatcher got on the phone almost two minutes had elapsed in the call and her first question was whats going on?Because they had to get a dispatcher who was familiar with the area who obviously didnt answer the call at the dispatch center. This unfamiliarity will cause someone sometime down the road to lose precious time that could cost a life. Some calls are made and only once is the information available before the call is cut off. No time to find a different dispatcher that is familiar with the area.Regional dispatch is not the answer in my opinion, at least for Police. Might save some money but is it worth your family not getting help in time?

Marcus M

pastor Ron, compassion and forgiveness clearly not the tenants of your faith, my guess rejected as a mall cop, mail order/self ordained, pity your flock.......


This ridiculous can we please leave this man alone SR. He has already resigned and he was the victim does it bother anyone that somebody pulled a gun on him and this is what we are talking about.Sandusky is becoming ridiculous there are shootings all time and most of them are not even reported in the register. SR should report the need for more cops or harsher penalties for these thugs rather then keep throwing them back in the system. Prosecutors make to many deals rather than trying them in court. Thugs run Sandusky


Good 2 B Me

This is the biggest bunch of poo.

I cannot believe it for a minute. Why would a couple black guys go up to a cop and pull a gun.

Sounds like maybe he has something to hide?

Considering he set out for a fight according to earlier reports, this comes as no shock.


So, what did these 'black guys' demand while pulling a gun? Did they try to rob him, ask for drugs, threaten to shoot him? Seems to be a lot of missing information from Jody's call. Someone please explain.



this editor is a peice of fecal matter


I agree with been-there-done-that...good argument against Regional Dispatch.  Sure hope Perkins decides NOT to participate in it.


Jody: "two black mails heading south on Columbus Ave, at Adams"

Dispatcher: "are they going downtown?"


DUH! Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Downtown is on the water, which is north! My dad taught me that when I was like 8 years old.

It was St. Patricks Day, Jody was having a beer with friends, what's HER excuse!? She did a terrible job.He told her 3 times what perps were wearing, she asks for a FOURTH time, and his answer is the same everytime.

The police report from that night, SPD said they did not have description of the two black males clothing. Well whose job was it to give it to them? The dispatcher! Terrible job.

So, where are all the HATERS, that said they were so sure Jody used the "N word" to describe the perps? Where are all the haters that couldn't wait to hear the audio?

All I hear is a man in distress, who is quite shaken up at the fact that a gun was just pointed at him, and a dispatcher who is not very good at her job, and has no idea of direction.





Dick Tracy is right except for the dispatcher comment. Yes you know what he was talking about because you are from sandusky. The dispatcher could have been a county or huron dispatcher who dosnt have a clue about the streets of sandusky therefore she has to find a sandusky dispatcher in the room (if there is one) and she then has to get all the information all over again. Regional dispatch only saves money but you get what you pay for!  Hope its not my family that dosnt get the help when needed because a dispatcher didnt have a clue where you are??When you call 911 its like playing russian roulet hope you get the right dispatcher for your area.


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What say you now Kate?

 No, I think a drunk person (Showalter) called dispatch and said," I just got into with  2 n****s...they pulled a gun on me!  Come quick !  I just don't believe there was a gun. I sure wish I could hear the 911 call. 


You all must be gov employees saying leave this alone. Not that i want to hear this all the time but this 911 call proves this guy should not be a cop. Drunk and call 911. why not call police dept direct i think he has the #. He was trying to cover his @$$. Little men in big chairs all over public jobs..This is the smoking gun no one wants people to hear

Witness: Martin attacked Zimmerman

Updated: Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 6:19 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

ORLANDO - A witness we haven't heard from before paints a much different picture than we've seen so far of what happened the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.

The night of that shooting, police say there was a witness who saw it all.

Our sister station, FOX 35 in Orlando, has spoken to that witness.

What Sanford Police investigators have in the folder, they put together on the killing of Trayvon Martin few know about.

The file now sits in the hands of the state attorney. Now that file is just weeks away from being opened to a grand jury.

It shows more now about why police believed that night that George Zimmerman shouldn't have gone to jail.

Zimmerman called 911 and told dispatchers he was following a teen. The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to.

And from that moment to the shooting, details are few.

But one man's testimony could be key for the police.

"The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: 'help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911," he said.

Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red.

The witness only wanted to be identified as "John," and didn't not want to be shown on camera.

His statements to police were instrumental, because police backed up Zimmerman's claims, saying those screams on the 911 call are those of Zimmerman.

"When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point," John said.

Zimmerman says the shooting was self defense. According to information released on the Sanford city website, Zimmerman said he was going back to his SUV when he was attacked by the teen.

Sanford police say Zimmerman was bloody in his face and head, and the back of his shirt was wet and had grass stains, indicating a struggle took place before the shooting. 


 Laker what does that have to do with this?  The SR would not print that because it is not important to them.  They only care about horse crap news for the most part.  That should have been the top story days ago but you know lets bash our own first



brutus are you really defending this drunk crying emotional lying officer


 Just drop it! He quit and he's done. My God how much more do I have to read about this guy?


Baby cakes you must want to. you are commenting like everyone reply to me so you can say stop talking about it


 @CAST THE FIRST STONE: I'm nosey, that's why I read it. I just can't believe the Register is managing to make this into multiple stories.


Kottage Kat

Baby cakes, you can choose to NOT read, the choice is yours and obviously, you choose to read.   Kat