Buffalo 911 dispatcher acted “inadequately”

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Announced the head of the county of Erie Mark Palancarts On Wednesday, that 911 dispatcher who acted “completely inadequately” when receiving a 911 call from someone in Tops on Jefferson Avenue during mass shooting on Saturday was placed on administrative leave.

Authorities said someone inside Tops during the shooting called 911 and spoke to Dispatcher 911. The dispatcher allegedly asked why the man was whispering, and Palancarz said one of the parties hung up and stopped the phone call.

On Sunday, the county reviewed all calls related to the shooting and found a call. On Monday, the man was placed on administrative leave before the May 30 hearing. Palancarz said the dispatcher acted “completely inadequately, not following the protocol,” and the county’s intention is to stop the dispatcher.

The name of the dispatcher was not named, but the county chief said the man has been in the post for eight years.

This story was originally published by WKBW in Buffalo, New York.

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