A Fort Myers, Florida, police officer and two dispatchers were fired after an internal investigation determined that they made up a call to service - so the officer could sweet-talk his ex-girlfriend.
On August 9, officer Jason Moore called dispatcher Joeleen Jeffery and requested that they send his ex-girlfriend - also an officer - to a mall parking lot to check on a "suspicious person."
"The suspicious person is me," Moore told her.
"I'm putting that together," Jeffery responded.
When Jeffery got off the phone, she "speculated" to her colleagues that "maybe Officer Moore wanted to propose" to his ex-girlfriend, according to the internal investigation report.
Several officers responded to the mall thinking the call was real, the report says.
The former girlfriend was among them. She told police investigators that it struck her as "odd" when she pulled into the lot and saw other officers leaving, the report says.
It's unclear from the report whether she and Officer Moore talked in the parking lot, but the report says she told internal investigators that she had no idea that the suspicious person call was a lie.
According to the internal investigative report, the other dispatcher who was fired is Michael Grimmett who allegedly came up with the description of the "suspicious person" - a black man wearing jeans and a T-shirt looking into car windows in the parking lot.
The ruse was revealed when a dispatcher told a sergeant about the bogus call.
"Officer Moore apologized for his actions and stated that he was in love with" his ex-girlfriend, the report states.