A 911 Dispatcher Is On Administrative Leave After Hanging Up On A Caller Whose Friend Was Dying

Seventeen-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was enjoying himself at an Albuquerque house party when a gunman fired into the home, striking the high-school football player. A young woman claiming to be his friend attended to Chavez-Silver as he lay dying. She called 911 and was connected to Albuquerque firefighter Matthew Sanchez, but Sanchez quickly grew impatient with the woman when she uttered a curse word.

“He’s barely breathing. How many times do I have to f—ing tell you?” she said in response to Sanchez’ questioning.

“OK, you know what, ma’am? You can deal with (it) yourself,” Sanchez said. “I’m not going to deal with this, OK?”

The dispatcher then hung up the phone.

Chavez-Silver was pronounced dead at the hospital. Sanchez is currently on paid administrative leave as an investigation continues into the incident as well as Sanchez’ past, and authorities are checking to see if he handled any other incidents in a similar fashion. There’s a $4,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the gunman in the killing, but no suspects have been apprehended. Chavez-Silver’s mother spoke to NBC News on Tuesday regarding the loss of her son.

“I think for a parent it takes part of you. It takes part of you with him,” she said. “You are left with an empty spot in your heart forever.”

(Via NBC News)