A 17-year-old boy in New Mexico died from gunshot wounds after a 911 dispatcher refused to help and hung up on the caller who was trying to save his life. The teenager, identified as Jaydon Chavez-Silver, was injured on the street outside of a house party after a gunman opened fire from a car during a drive-by. According to reports, Chavez-Silver’s friend called 911 and attempted CPR—however after the friend swore on the phone, the dispatcher hangs up.
A recording of the chilling 911 call was released in which you can hear the dispatcher, who has been identified as firefighter Matthew Sanchez, refuse to help.
Part of the transcript reads:
Sanchez: “Is he breathing?”
911 caller: “He’s barely breathing. How many times do I have to f***ing tell you?”
Sanchez: “Ok, you know what ma’am, you could deal with it yourself. I’m not gonna deal with this, okay?”
Sanchez then disconnects the call.
Chavez-Silver died from his wounds, and many believe that he could have been saved had he received the proper help in time.
The Albuquerque Fire Department announced in a statement that Sanchez has been placed on administrative assignment while the case is reviewed through an internal investigation. Fire Chief David Downey said that he is taking the allegations of misconduct “very seriously.”
Listen to the audio recording below.