An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the deadly shooting of a teenager in Albuquerque — an act of violence which was followed by a 911 dispatcher hanging up on the victim's friend as she begged for help.
Donovan Maez — the son of a New Mexico lawmaker — was arrested by Albuquerque police Friday night and charged in connection with the June 26 death of Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, according to a brief police statement and jail records.
When a friend of Chavez-Silver called 911, the dispatcher, Matthew Sanchez, appeared to grow frustrated and hung up on the caller as she asked for help. The fire chief said Sanchez dispatched ambulances before disconnecting, but called the act inexcusable. Sanchez resigned, and his emergency medical dispatch license has been suspended.
Maez was arrested Friday night on a charge of murder, child abuse resulting in death, 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and other counts, according to jail records.
Police said in a criminal complaintthat Maez was identified by tips as being the gunman. Other people were named as possibly being present when shots were fired at the home, but police have announced no other arrests in the case as of Saturday night.
An unidentified person that police spoke with told investigators Maez "was freaking out because he thought his bullet was the one that killed Jaydon," according to the complaint. Police said in the complaint that the motivation for the shooting may have been a fight that occurred at the home previously.
There is no indication in police documents that Chavez-Silver was the target.
Maez was arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants. When questioned about the shooting he allegedly said he "knew this was going to happen" and that he heard he had been getting blamed for it, according to the complaint.
Maez is the son of New Mexico state Rep. Stephanie Maez, a Democrat who represents Albuquerque, a spokesperson for New Mexico House Democrats said in an email to NBC News.
"Donovan is my son and I love him very very much. My heart is aching today and I am waiting to see how this difficult situation develops," Rep. Maez said in a statement released by the spokesperson, Marsha Garcia. "As we go forward, the love of my family and my faith in God will see us through. I ask that the privacy of my family be respected during this difficult time," the statement said.
Donovan Maez is being held without bond, according to jail records.