A shocking video went viral on YouTube this week. It features a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office literally ignoring a “shots fired” call just to record the creepy video for his girlfriend.
Priscilla Anderson, now the EX-girlfriend of Deputy Jeremy Fennell, told Daily News that he recorded strange messages like these on his phone for her often. This one still haunts her to this day.
Anderson says she’s received scores of videos similar to this one. During their brief and tumultuous relationship, he’d record them and send them to her to manipulate and control her.
Their “sick” relationship began last fall. Priscilla Anderson says she ended it for good this past January. In the video, Fennell tells Anderson that “Someone’s getting shot right now,” referring to a call he’d received about bullets being fired.
He tells her that he know he “has to go,” but he was not going because she’s was mad at him. The video was taken while he say inside his patrol car. Fennell’s dispatch radio could still be heard in the background.
“Someone’s getting shot. Oh well. Oh well. Because I want to make things right with me and you first,” the deputy says before blowing kisses into the camera.
“I was terrified. I was so scared,” Anderson told The News Thursday, referring to that video and others like it.
“He would send me these videos to get my attention so I would talk to him,” Anderson explained. “Immediately I would call him and say, ‘Go ahead and respond and after you’re done, I’ll talk to you.'”
Her lawyers Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas said Fennell often threatened to blow off service calls or pull people over if Anderson didn’t bow to his demands.
Fennell, 26, is now under investigation for alleged domestic violence against Anderson and the content of the videos, sources told The News.
In a second video posted on YouTube by a user named Compassionate Cop, Fennell is again seen wearing his sunglasses while seated in his car.
“You’re gonna have to call me like asap or I’m gonna come down there and get you. I’m going to make you call me,” the deputy says. “You see these lights, you know what I’m wearing? I can make you call me.”
Meiselas said Fennell eventually escalated to violence with Anderson, putting a gun to her head and then his own in January. He also strangled Anderson and threw her to the ground, the lawyer said.
“I didn’t know how to react,” Anderson said of the incident with the gun. “All I could do was cry. Every part of me was shaking. I felt, ‘Oh God, this is real.’
Anderson said neighbors heard her screaming at one point and called police. When help arrived, Fennell seemed to get special treatment, she said.
“They were on his side completely. They were all laughing,” she said. “I felt there was not much I could do. There’s this circle.”
A couple days later, Fennell was arrested and booked for a felony, online jail records show. He was released a day later on bail.
Anderson filed for a domestic violence temporary restraining order Feb. 2 and was granted a full three-year restraining order on Feb. 23, court records show.
“We are very concerned about what is depicted in the video. The department is currently investigating the matter,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a statement.
Anderson said she hopes the department is serious.
“I want justice. I want for him to be treated as anyone of us would. It shouldn’t matter that he has a badge. He shouldn’t be able to get away with certain things like this and shouldn’t be above the law,” she said.
Meiselas said Anderson received about a hundred videos from Fennell.
“The videos were usually done in retaliation for her not picking up calls. He would threaten to harm the public, ignore shots fired,” Meiselas said.
Geragos said Anderson turned to his firm because she felt her concerns about Fennell were falling on deaf ears — especially after Fennell allegedly called her recently in violation of the restraining order.
“It’s an unbelievable scandal,” Geragos said Thursday.
Attempts to speak directly with a Sheriff’s spokesman were not immediately successful Thursday.