DALLAS — A Dallas police officer has been fired for allegedly driving away from a woman who tried to flag him down after her children were kidnapped at gunpoint, the Dallas News reports.
Senior Cpl. Les Richardson, a 28-year-department veteran, was fired on Wednesday.
According to the Dallas News, Richardson, 61, was responding to call on Aug. 25 when dispatchers announced shots had been fired and a suspect rammed a woman’s car in the area where Richardson was driving, police said.
Dashcam video released by the police department shows Richardson driving by a woman who shouts, “that’s him, that’s him, right there.”
Richardson tells the woman, “Right here what, baby? I’m on a call.” He then quickly drives off.
The woman was pointing to her ex, Steven Douglas, who had just rammed her car with his pickup and taken his two children away at gunpoint, the Dallas News reports. Doulgas led police on a car chase hours later, where he pointed a gun at an officer. He was shot and killed.
Richardson was immediately placed on leave after the incident.
Dashcam video also shows Richardson smoking in the car.
Richardson has the right to appeal his termination.