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911 dispatcher accused of hanging up call during Buffalo supermarket shooting

Buffalo Supermarket Shooting
Posted at 10:58 AM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-19 10:58:26-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A 911 dispatcher is on leave and may lose her job after allegedly hanging up on a supermarket employee hiding during the deadly shooting rampage in Buffalo, New York.

A spokesperson for the Erie County executive said “termination will be sought” for the dispatcher.

An employee at the supermarket where 10 Black people were killed by a white gunman on Saturday told The Buffalo News that she was whispering during the 911 call because she feared the shooter would hear her.

Latisha Rogers alleges the dispatcher shouted at her, asked why she was whispering, then hung up.

The store employee then called her boyfriend and told him to call 911.

A spokesperson for the Erie County Executive said it’s not clear who hung up on whom and that officers arrived one minute after the first 911 call was made.

The dispatcher is scheduled for a disciplinary hearing next week.