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CASTLE ROCK - Douglas County Sheriff's deputies responded within four minutes after a 911 call reporting possible domestic abuse at the home of the county's undersheriff, a 9Wants to Know review of sheriff's office records shows.

Investigators were responding to a call on April 10 at the home of Undersheriff Tony Spurlock after a man called 911 to say he was walking his dog and saw a possible domestic violence situation through his neighbor's window. The caller worried he saw a man throw a woman to the ground.

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies investigated the domestic-violence report and found no crime occurred. A subsequent review by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office also found no crime had been committed.

When deputies interviewed Spurlock's wife, she said the two did not have a physical fight. She said she had yelled at him after he did laundry and harmed some of her dryclean only clothes.

"She seemed genuinely surprised that the deputies were at the house," wrote an investigator in his report about the incident.

Some in law enforcement had previously asked 9Wants to Know to look into whether it took deputies additional time to respond because they were alerting their supervisors.

Records show a deputy alerted a lieutenant who contacted the sheriff.

"Sheriff Weaver advised Lieutenant Noble to conduct the investigation just like he would any other report of a domestic disturbance regardless of the people involved," wrote an investigator who interviewed the Douglas County Sheriff's lieutenant.

Spurlock issued a statement to 9Wants to Know Thursday.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Douglas County and the Jefferson County sheriff's offices for their professional and thorough investigations involving a report on April 10. It was investigated by an impartial agency and confirmed there were no violations of Douglas County Sheriff's Office Policies or of the law. My belief in the justice system has never wavered and stands strong today. I cooperated throughout the entire process, both with my agency and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office," the statement read.

(Read Jace's blog: Why I thought it was important to report I found nothing)

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