The 911 dispatcher who hung up on a caller who was trying to save the life of 17-year-old fatally shot boy has been suspended. In updated news today it is learned that the victim, Jaydon Chavez-Silver was not the shooter’s attended target, he was just an innocent bystander.
Jaydon was sitting on the kitchen counter of a home where he was attending a party. A drive-by gunman emptied about six bullets into the house and Jaydon was hit. The 911 caller did dispatch emergency crews to the house before he hung up on the caller, but he still left a frantic woman helplessly trying to save Jaydon’s life, who may have needed some coaching or at best moral support.
Matthew Sanchez, a 10-year veteran of the Albuquerque Fire Department, was suspended after the horrendous interaction he had with a frantic woman caller back on June 26. The woman was at a party with Jaydon and a group of friends. He was hit with a bullet and slowly dying as his friend called 911 and got Sanchez as the dispatcher.
According to KTLA News on July 29, the transcript of the 911 call reads like this:
“I’m keeping him alive!” the distressed woman caller tells the dispatcher.
“Ok, is he not breathing?” Sanchez asks.
“Barely!” the woman is getting more frantic. “One more breath! One more breath!” she says as she coaches her fatally wounded friend. “There you go Jaydon. One more breath! There you go Jaydon. Good job! Just stay with me, OK? OK? There you go, good job Jaydon!”
“Is he breathing?” the dispatcher asks one more time.
“He’s barely breathing,” the woman says again with fear noted in her voice, “how many times do I have to f—ing tell you?”
Then there is a pause and Sanchez says: “OK, you know what ma’am? You can deal with it yourself. I am not going to deal with this, OK?”
“No, my friend is dying, I need …” she begs the dispatcher not to hang up. But he does. Jaydon died after he was transported to the hospital.
According to Canada Journal today, the woman 911 caller has been identified as Esperanza Quintero, 17. She saw Jaydon get hit in the chest by a gunshot and immediately jumped in to try to save him. She said she called 911 while giving him CPR after he had been shot in the chest.
Quintero said she was in a “moment of panic” when she cursed at the dispatcher, but she was shocked that he would hang up on her. “It was his job. I don’t understand why he would have hung up,” Quintero said.
Jaydon was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, the gunman opened up on the crowd and he was hit. Diego Sanchez a close friend of Jaydon’s family and UFC professional fighter told the media: “It breaks my heart to wake up in the morning and get a call that such a good kid was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that’s truly what happened this time around.”
Diego Sanchez’s best friend is engaged to marry Jaydon’s mother, which is how Sanchez got to know Jaydon. He was a well liked kid, as his many friends started a “We remember Jaydon” Facebook page with plenty of pictures of this teen to see.