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Thursday
Mar312011

Police Arrive Too Late in Connecticut Shooting, Says Family

(WEST HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Police in West Hartford, Conn., are investigating a shooting incident in which a call for help was placed more than an hour before a man was left with critical injuries.

Quintina Texidor alerted police at 2:57 p.m. on Tuesday that teenage boys who allegedly had been bullying her 16-year-old daughter were in front of her home, harassing her and her children. She said she was afraid of a possible shooting.

"She used the term 'air out the house' and alluded about a possible break-in," said Police Chief James Strillacci.

In an audio recording of the three-minute call, Texidor tells the dispatcher that her daughter met with school officials at Conard High School that day to report the bullying, and they advised her to "ignore them." She added that someone attempted to break into the house about a week ago and she was forced to change the locks.

"We had a call to a routine line reporting that a member had been bullied," said Chief Strillacci. "She said they walked by the house and made some threats."

A routine line is a local non-emergency number for police dispatchers. The dispatcher who answered Texidor's initial call sent the information to emergency dispatchers, but the call was not sent out to officers.

At about 3:55 p.m. Texidor placed another call to the same routine line and complained that police still had not arrived. This time, however, the call was "upgraded" in importance by police after she mentioned a possible weapon.

Moments later officers were en route to Texidor's home when a third party called 911 and said someone had been shot.

"There was a lag and we're investigating where that was but the call was not sent out," Chief Strillacci told ABC News. "We hope to find the reason for this communication lapse and correct it as appropriate, whether it's a training or hardware issue. This kind of response is certainly not in our standards."

By the time police arrived, Texidor's cousin Wilfredo, who had come to ease the situation, had been shot and was in critical condition.

The Hartford Courant reported that according to relatives, his condition was improving Thursday.

Six teenagers were arrested in connection with the shooting. Andre Cooke, Marcus Stevens, and Justin Reyes (all students at Conard High School in Connecticut) have been charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer. They appeared before Judge John Newson of Connecticut Superior Court on Wednesday and were all released on a promise to appear.

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Tuesday
Mar152011

Chicago to Allow 911 Photos and Videos

Stockbyte/ThinkStock(CHICAGO) -- Chicago has become one of the first cities where in addition to calling 911, people can now also send cell phone photos to authorities when reporting an emergency.

City officials are hoping the option will help authorities when investigating cases. Officials say the photos will be sent to the police crime-prevention center, following which, it will be determined if the images are helpful to investigators. Officials tell ABC News that currently they are only accepting photos, but they hope to evenutally be able to allow callers to send video as well.

Callers may volunteer to send the images, providing that they know how to do so, and won't require dispatchers to explain how to send images as this may delay emergency responses.

The city began receiving photo and video images in September during a pilot program, which appears to have been successful. Officials say over 40 images have been sent in to authorities so far.

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