Sources: Other officer in Omaree case not fired

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) -It was two APD officers on one fateful call.

Last June, Officers Scott McMurrough and Gil Vigil investigated a possibly accidental 911 call at the Albuquerque home where 9-year-old Omaree Varela was living.

A 911 dispatcher was concerned about the threats and abuse Omaree’s stepfather Steven Casaus was directing at the boy and told at least one officer to listen to the call.

But neither did and left following a short investigation.

Six months later APD says Omaree was kicked to death by his mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus.

On Wednesday, Chief Gorden Eden informed Vigil in a letter that he had made the decision to terminate his employment with APD.

The letter cited Vigil’s failure to listen to the 911 call, file a report or report the case to CYFD.

“My client, Mr. Vigil did everything he was supposed to do at that scene,” said Sam Bregman, Vigil’s attorney.

But what about the other officer, Scott McMurrough?

“As far as I know my client’s the only one who’s being terminated,” Bregman said.

KRQE News 13 has learned that appears to be true.

Sources say McMurrough has been given a 56 hour suspension for his role in investigating the 911 call.

It’s unclear why one officer was fired while the other officer kept his job.

Requests for comment or confirmation from APD spokesperson Tasia Martinez Friday afternoon were not returned.

On Wednesday, Martinez did release a statement on behalf of the department.

“Per the Chief, the discipline process for Scott McMurrough and Gil Vigil has not been completed,” Martinez said.

Both officers are expected to appeal the discipline decisions.

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