ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque, New Mexico, firefighter has been removed from the city’s dispatch center after telling a 911 caller who was trying to keep alive a gunshot victim to “deal with it yourself.”
KRQE-TV reports 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was fatally shot during a party on June 26.
In the recording, the panicked caller snaps at the dispatcher for repeatedly asking whether Jaydon is breathing.
The dispatcher responds that the caller can deal with it herself and adds, “I’m not gonna deal with this, OK?” before hanging up.
A spokesman for Jaydon’s family says they’re astonished at the call, but want to focus on finding their son’s killer.
Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey said in a statement that the department has launched an internal investigation into the call.
“After learning of the alleged misconduct, Driver Matthew Sanchez was immediately removed from the dispatch center and placed on administrative assignment. An internal investigation has been initiated. As the Chief of the department, I am taking the allegation very seriously.”