Ga. 911 operator suspended for error

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A Gwinnett County 911 operator was suspended one day for reporting incorrect information from a call that led to the fatal shootings by a police officer of the 74-year-old caller and her daughter.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the operator, Phil Raines, forfeited a vacation day for reporting that the caller, Barbara Baker of Duluth, had told him there was no gun in the house. She had called to report that her daughter, 51-year-old Penny Schwartz, was threatening to kill herself.

Baker actually told Raines she did not know if her daughter had a gun. Police say Schwartz pointed a gun at an officer sent to investigate, and the officer fired, killing both women.

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