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911 call released in kidnapping of woman by ex-husband

Francis Scot Dufore, 41, shot dead by police

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman called 911 Wednesday night after she was allegedly kidnapped by her ex-husband.

Miami-Dade police Detective Jennifer Capote said Francis Scot Dufore, 41, forced the woman into the car, but she was able to call 911.

"Leave me alone," she is heard saying to Dufore while on the phone with a dispatcher.

The dispatcher tells the woman not to hang up while asking her where she is located.

"What's the address? Where are you? Tell me where you are," the dispatcher said.

"I'm in a field," the victim said.

The victim told the dispatcher that she believed she was somewhere in Florida City and described Dufore's car.

"Gold car. Louisiana plates. In a field. Please hurry," she said.

When officers arrived, they found an abandoned car in a vegetable field near Southwest 180th Avenue and Southwest 355th Street.

Police began a search of the area, and a K-9 officer was confronted by Dufore.

Capote said Dufore pointed a shotgun at the officer, forcing the officer to shoot. Dufore was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 38-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was found safe soon after.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said the suspect drove from Louisiana in a stolen car and contacted the woman at a grocery store in Homestead, where he ordered her into the car at gunpoint. Zabaleta said there was a struggle, and at one point, the suspect strangled her until she lost consciousness. When she woke up, she found herself in a wooded area and called 911.

Dufore has a lengthy criminal record, and people who know the victim told Local 10 News that she was terrified of him.

Police said the couple has four children together.

The officer involved in the shooting is a 23-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.