911 dispatcher suspended for telling caller to never drive through NC town

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. – A 911 dispatcher has been suspended after telling a tourist to never drive through a North Carolina town.

WECT reported that an unidentified dispatcher told Sue Skelton, “Don’t ever stop there, ever,” referring to Chadbourn, a small town in Columbus County.

The couple had been driving from Raleigh to North Myrtle Beach and her car was struck by gunfire, shattering her two back windows.

The shooting happened earlier this month as the couple was traveling through Columbus County. Skelton then called 911.

“Just a piece of advice, don’t ever go (Highway) 410 again through Chadbourn,” the dispatcher said, according to WECT. “Go (Highway) 701 (through Whiteville).”

Skelton said she was shocked by the comment. Officials investigated the comment and the dispatcher was suspended.

Two men were arrested in the shooting, both from Chadbourn. They were charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon.

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