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Transcript: Warning Offensive Language - Trooper talks with supervisor after Brandon Ellingson's death

Warning: offensive language

Trooper Anthony Piercy called his supervisor at 6:28 p.m. May 31, about an hour after Brandon Ellingson drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks. Piercy placed the call from the boat of Cpl. David Echternacht.

A microphone picked up Piercy’s side of the conversation. At points early on, it is difficult to make out what he is saying because Echternacht also is talking.

Note: Some of the language may be offensive to some listeners.

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Hey, sorry I missed your call. My phone was on my boat.

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I’m banged up a little bit but I’m all right. I don’t know if I’m sore from treading water with the bastard but I just feel spent. God damn, I thought I had run a marathon.

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Yeah, I arrested him. I arrested him for BWI and I had him, I had him in a life jacket and handcuffed behind his back. We’re going, we’re about Mill Creek and he, he was real cooperative, but he was extremely, extremely drunk. We’re talking 2-oh plus. And he goes, “So what’s going on? Am I going to jail?” And I said, “Well. it’s a little ......

And I said, hang on, there’s a big wave coming ..... I had him in the seat beside me, and he just kind of turned his back, so I told him ..... He turns his back to me, and I don’t know if he started to stand up or what, but he just went right over the side. And I grabbed his foot, temporarily, but he just pulled out of my hands ......

He’s floated up because he’s in the life jacket, and then all of a sudden the life jacket comes off and I said ‘Hold on,’ and I tried to throw a boat hook to him and there was a party barge behind me and they threw a regular life ..., like a ring, inner tube, out to him, on a rope, a floatable, and when he came out of the life jacket, he went under water, and I saw him go under, so I dove off the boat in after him and I, I went under, I don’t know how – but the guy on the boat said, ‘You were, I thought we’d lost you, too. You were under a long time.’ And, I don’t, I thought I got a hold of him temporarily, but I lost him, I just couldn’t keep a hold of him. And, and that was it. And then it was – I mean, I couldn’t get a hold of him again.

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Well, I’m with Echternacht on his boat. The party barge that was behind me, ..... is on it getting statements …. I don’t know. One of the girls. And Stacey and Richardson and I think Plumley and Sanders are dragging…. We called ISD .... and they have a tracker where they can track your boat by, where they can track cars and boats like to the second, they’re trying to get an exact GPS. We’ve got dive team on the way back to help with recovery. And we got a mark and they’re, at this point they’re just dragging and getting statements.

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Well, I don’t know if it was the wake and his intoxication or if he fucking did it on purpose. Because he made that statement, he was being real nice and cooperative, wasn’t like we were fighting or arguing, and he goes, ‘So am I going to jail?’ and I said we’re just gonna run over to do a breath test, and then I said, “Hey, just hang on a sec,” and I slowed the boat down to almost next to nothing to roll through those waves, I mean I probably wasn’t even doing 10 miles an hour, and then he just went over the edge. And I don’t, I can’t say 100 percent for sure whether he did it on purpose or if it was just the wake.

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No, there wasn’t an SD card in the camera. I had the camera on, but I checked it when I saw I had a BWI, and it was flashing and I thought “Well oh?, crap.” But there’s no SD card in it. The camera’s on, but there’s no damn card in it.” So I don’t know if it records without it.

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So, I’ve --

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I’m all right. I don’t know if I’m just spent from swimming or if it’s anxiety or if I’ve or what. But God damn I mean I, I thought somebody has beat the shit out of me, I really do.

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Well, I’m sorry. I probably did a bunch of things wrong there, but --.

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Yeah.

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No, not really. We’re out in the middle of the Gravois. I don’t think there’s anything you can do. We got, the kid’s from Iowa and he had a group of guys with him and they went back to Coconuts. I told him that they could pick him up at the Toad and I’ve been kind of watching for the boat. They haven’t came through. ’Cause, we’re going to have to do some sort of next of kin. I don't even know if the kid has a lake house down there.

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All right, well, sorry. I guess, so, keep me posted on if I’m still going to be employed or what’s going on. So, I’ll probably have --

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All right, well, all right, I’ll let you go. Sorry I missed your call. All right. Bye.

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