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Officer ignores mother whose children had just been kidnapped, says ‘I’m on a call’

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A Dallas police officer has been fired after he drove away from a woman who tried to flag him down after her children had been kidnapped at gunpoint, according to the Dallas News.

Senior Cpl. Les Richardson, a 28-year department veteran, was fired on Wednesday.

Richardson, 61, was responding to burglary call on Aug. 25 when dispatchers announced shots had been fired and a suspect rammed a woman’s car in the area where Richardson was driving, police said.

In the video, Richardson can be seen driving past a woman who was shouting, “That’s him, that’s him, right there.”

Richardson responds, saying “Right here what, baby? I’m on a call.”

The victim was referring to her ex-husband, Steven Douglas, who had rammed her car and taken two children out of her car at gunpoint. Hours later, Douglas led police on a car chase before fleeing on foot. After Douglas pointed his gun at an officer, he was fatally shot.

The children were unharmed.

Richardson was immediately placed on administrative leave after the incident last month.