Just a week after an Ohio 911 dispatcher came under fire for telling a victim to stop crying, dispatchers in Florida accidentally sent a man to voicemail as his house was being robbed.
The man, whose name has not been released, called after four suspects broke into his Port Richey home in the middle of the night last week. After being transferred to voicemail, the man shot one of the suspects.
From the Huffington Post:
The intruders, who allegedly stole money and prescription drugs, left and the homeowner called 911 for help. His call went through to the fire department, and when the dispatcher tried to connect him to law enforcement, the caller was mistakenly transferred to a recorded voicemail message saying, “If this is an emergency, hang up and call 911.”
Around that time, the suspects returned to the home. By the time he was reconnected to a dispatcher, the caller said he’d shot someone.
When the dispatcher asks what’s going on, the caller can be heard saying, “Somebody just came into my house. Four people just came into my house, they beat the s–t out of me and my wife and stepmother, and they robbed us.”
Steven Reverdes was shot in the back by the homeowner. The three other suspects — Joseph Rich, Michael Reverdes, and Steven Reverdes — were caught and are now in police custody.
Deputies say the homeowner is not expected to face charges.
“I’m at a loss for words, had to protect my family,” the man told WTSP.
Listen to the disturbing 911 call above.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.