ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Organizers of an effort to oust Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt following the arrest of one of his deputies in a fatal shooting say they gathered 170 signatures during a rally on Saturday.

Hunt has come under fire for how he handled the incident.

Family members told the sheriff’s office that Deputy Jonathan Agee had left his Boones Mill home to kill his ex-wife, 30-year-old Jennifer Agee. A Franklin County dispatcher told Roanoke police that Hunt directed her not to mention the deputy’s threats.

Agee was charged with murder in his ex-wife’s death. He also is accused of shooting state police Sgt. Matthew Brannock during a pursuit. Agee was shot and wounded by state police.

Joe Stanley organized Saturday’s rally and a Facebook group called “Sheriff Ewell Hunt Must Resign.”