Franklin Co. Man Threatens To Kill Sheriff’s Office Deputies

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Authorities have said a Franklin County man will likely undergo a psychiatric evaluation after threatening to kill Sheriff’s Office deputies.

It happened Tuesday evening at a home in the Pleasant Hill Community of Franklin County.

Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said the suspect, identified as Donald Janes, called 911 upset about a neighbor driving by his house on a four-wheeler.

During the 911 conversation, Janes allegedly said he was going to shoot somebody.

According to Thomas, Janes then hung up and called Thomas on his cell phone.

“He stated to me that he was going to kill the deputies,” said Thomas. “Janes said I could come on to his property, but no one else could. I went to the house and met with him in the driveway and got him out into the carport.”

Thomas said Janes again became agitated during that conversation and threatened to get his rifle and kill the deputies.

He added Janes then made an attempt to get back inside his house to get his gun.

“I stood in front of the door and blocked him from going inside and then took him down,” said Thomas. “My deputies came up and held him down and cuffed him. Meantime, his father and sister tried to block the deputies to keep them from getting to Donald.”

Thomas said the father and sister were arrested and charged with obstruction for trying to block the deputies from getting to Janes.

Donald Janes is charged with felony aggravated assault, terroristic threats and obstruction. He was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center and is scheduled to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. No bond had been set as of Wednesday evening.

Janes’ father, identified as Frank Janes, age unknown, and his sister, identified as Connie Janes, are charged with obstruction.

Frank Janes received a $22,500 bond and remains in the Franklin County Detention Center in Carnesville at last report. Connie Janes received a $15,000 bond and was released.

Thomas said based on what was recorded on the 911 dispatch tape, things could have turned out very differently and he is grateful no one was hurt.