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A Detroit 911 dispatcher has been criminally charged for an hourlong delay that led to a woman being gunned down with an AK-47.
At around 5 a.m. on August 30, dispatcher Craig Miller, 46, received several calls about a domestic incident involving a gun.
A woman called 911 a total of six times before she was finally shοt with an AK-47. The mother of the critically injured woman said she’d called police as tensions grew in the home, but police didn’t arrive until after she’d been shοt.
“If they would’ve come right away, this incident wouldn’t have happened,” said the cousin of the woman.
According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Miller “failed several times to dispatch officers in a timely manner to a 911 police run that resulted in a nonfatal shooting at a location in the 13800 block of Bringard in Detroit.”
Once officers were dispatched to the scene, they arrived within eight minutes, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who spoke out on the bungled 911 call in September.
“Status quo, complacency, mediocrity will not be accepted,” said Chief Craig at the time. “We’re in the business of saving lives and certainly our inaction if it results in critical injury and deαth is problematic and unacceptable.”
Craig had also called on the dispatcher to be criminally prosecuted.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Miller was charged with willful neglect of duty by a public official, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he could serve up to a year in jail.
Miller is currently suspended without pay.