Jaydon Chavez-Silver, a 17-year-old gunshot victim, died after 911 was called by a friend of Jaydon’s – and was promptly hung up on by the dispatcher, who first told the desperate caller to “deal with it.” After the Albuquerque dispatcher evidently got annoyed by the panicked caller, he dumped the call.
Writes the NY Daily News, via MSN: “An Albuquerque fire department dispatcher is on leave and under investigation after he hung up on a female caller reporting her 17-year-old friend had been shot and was dying, telling her to ‘deal with it yourself.’ Matthew Sanchez, a 10-year veteran at the New Mexico department, was pulled from duty following the harsh June 26 interaction.”
Sanchez, a New Mexico firefighter, has since been removed from the city’s dispatch center as the investigation is underway. After Chavez-Silver was shot at a house party, a frantic friend, identified as 17-year-old Esperanza Quintero, called 911 while attempting to keep Jaydon alive. But after rolling out an F-bomb, the caller heard nothing but a dial tone.
In the recording, Quintero is heard telling Sanchez, “I’m keeping him alive,” at which point Sanchez asks, “Is he not breathing?” Quintero is then heard pleading with Jaydon to “stay with me,” and Sanchez again asks if the victim was breathing.
Caller: He’s barely breathing. How many times do I have to f***ing tell you?
Sanchez: Ok, do you know what ma’am? You can deal with it yourself. I’m not going to deal with this, ok.
Caller: No! My friend is dying!
Police said the shooting occurred by a person or persons who either walked by or drove by the home and fired at least six rounds through the walls and widows.
Adds the Inquisitr: “Prior to hanging up the phone, Sanchez dispatched an ambulance to the scene, which arrived approximately 4 minutes and 26 seconds later to help the gunshot victim, according to Melissa Romero, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department. Chavez-Silver was transported to an area hospital where he later died.”
Jaydon’s mother, Nicole Chavez, said the call is “heartbreaking,” but at the same time wants the focus to remain on locating her son’s killer.
“We heard rumors about the 911 operator hanging up on the caller when Jaydon was shot bit had no other information. After hearing the call today, it is heartbreaking to listen to,” she said. “Right now, we just want to find the people responsible for this violent, deadly crime. We have set up a reward fund at Bank of the West and it is up to $4000. Anyone with information can call 242-COPS.”
Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey was equally shocked at the behavior of one of his employees.
“After learning of the alleged misconduct, Driver Matthew Sanchez was immediately removed from the dispatch center and placed on administrative assignment,” Downey said. “An internal investigation has been initiated. As the Chief of the department, I am taking the allegation very seriously.”
Leave your thoughts below: The 911 dispatcher did notify authorities, but Jaydon Chavez-Silver still died; should he be fired for hanging up on the friend of the gunshot victim?