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911 operator made ‘error’ after Canadian professor in Florida was shot, official says

This photo taken on Feb. 7, 2006, and made available by Florida State University shows law school professor Daniel Markel. Markel was shot in the head at his home in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday, July 18, 2014.


The head of a Florida dispatch centre is acknowledging an "error" was made in the moments after the fatal shooting of Toronto-born law professor.

Timothy Lee says a 911 operator did not initially alert police that Daniel Markel had been shot after receiving a phone call from one of the man's neighbours.

Audio of the call was released Thursday by the Tallahassee Police Department.

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Lee says a review showed the 911 dispatcher categorized the call as someone being incapacitated, which could have resulted in a delay in when police and paramedics arrived on the scene.

Markel — a Florida State University professor well-known in legal circles nationally and internationally — waited 19 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

He died in hospital 14 hours later from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police have yet to identify any suspects in the case, but have said they believe it was not a random act.

Markel was born in Toronto and was a 2001 graduate of Harvard Law School. He practiced white-collar criminal defence and civil litigation before joining the Florida State law school as a faculty member in 2005. He was tenured in 2010.

Markel leaves behind two young sons.

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