Slain Sheriff's Deputy Worked Against Domestic Violence While His Alleged Murder Was A Domestic Violence Offender

POSTED BY: News Department
Friday, January 11, 2002 - 02:45 PM
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He has a long history of problems relating to drugs, assault as well as domestic violence charges, now Henry Hagar has been charged with aggravated murder in the death of Muskingum County sheriff’s deputy Robert Tanner Junior. Hagar’s father describes his son as a depressed, angry individual…sadly this story does not sound too unfamiliar there are many people out there with these same issues. They show signs of a quick temper, overreact to problems, and frustrations, engage in reckless driving. Domestic violence abusers actions can lead to murder in some cases. Domestic violence advocates have been pushing for stronger punishments for years, and statistics show that the court systems are improving on cracking down on abusers however the number of domestic abuse cases are increasing and are here locally. It is a tragic reality, however it is also ironic because deputy Tanner spent many hours dealing with domestic violence situations. Victims have claimed that whenever deputy Tanner came to the scene he was a professional and comforting. Dorothy Thomas works in the court system on domestic violence cases and worked with Tanner on many occasions. She extends her sympathies to Robert Tanner Junior’s family and to the deputies of the Sheriff’s Department as well. It has been then hope of Thomas and her agency to provide assistance and help to those affected by domestic violence, however they cannot do it alone. If you know someone who is experiencing domestic violence, tell them to contact “Response: Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault” at 454-6001.

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