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Woman dies after deputy refuses to respond to emergency call before eating lunch

By Mason White 11:20 AM April 26, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A Florida police officer is in trouble after he decided to eat lunch before responding to an emergency.

Lee County Deputy Yvan Fernandez is out of work after an internal investigation revealed that he did not respond to a 911 call so he could eat lunch.

A woman called police, but she did not talk. Officer Fernandez was dispatched to the scene to check on the woman.

He confirmed the call, and pretended to be going to check on the woman, but instead of responding, Fernandez went to eat lunch instead. The caller was having a medical emergency and later died.

A GPS device showed that Fernandez parked his patrol car in the parking lot of Raider’s Pizza and Wings on Palm Beach Boulevard.

Fernandez said that he called the woman to check on her, but she did not answer. He later asked another deputy who met him for lunch, to take the call.

One hour after the initial call came in, Fernandez finally went to the woman’s home, but she was dead.

During questioning, Fernandez said he called the woman several times, but she did not answer. Then he returned to his lunch, telling investigators that he “believed that this type of response and response time was satisfactory.”

The police department is not taking responsibility for the woman’s death.

Sheriff Mike Scott said: “Could we have saved this woman? I’ll never be able to answer that question. Would getting there quicker have hurt anything? Of course not.”