WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – A civilian employee of the Waterbury Police Department who answered a 911 call about the fatal shooting of a food delivery person has been fired.

Police on Wednesday said seven-year department employee Nicole Scarino was fired.

She had been suspended shortly after the slaying last month of 59-year-old Helena Vargas.

Two people who worked for a Chinese restaurant were ambushed while making a delivery. Vargas was shot in the neck and died. Her male companion was beaten. Four teenagers face murder charges.

In the 911 call from the male victim, there appears to be a language barrier between the caller and the person handling the call. The person handling the call shouts and sounds frustrated.

Scarino could not immediately be reached.  Police say Scarino was a clerk, not a dispatcher.

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  1. Bob Neu says:

    Fired, for what? I did not hear anything wrong with her response to the 911 call. I hope she gets justice in court.

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