Two police officers ignored a call for backup to try and catch a virtual Pokémon in the hit Pokémon Go mobile game, according to recently published court documents.
Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell, LAPD officers, were subsequently fired for their behaviour, which was discovered through the suspicion of a senior officer.
The incident occurred in April 2017 but gained widespread publicity this month following a legal attempt to have the two misbehaving former officers reinstated with their jobs.
The Californian judge denied their appeal.
Lozano and Mitchell were sitting in their patrol car when a call came through for backup at a robbery taking place at nearby Crenshaw Mall, according to court documents.
But instead of responding to the calls the pair drove off to another location to attempt to catch a Snorlax Pokémon.
After being quizzed about why they hadn't gone to assist, the officers claimed they couldn't hear their radio because they had parked in a noisy area.
This led a sceptical senior officer to check the vehicles in-car video system, where he discovered that the men had heard the call but were more interested in playing Pokémon Go, Digital Trends reported.
Shortly after receiving the call for assistance, Officer Mitchell alerted Lozano that Snorlax had "just popped up at 46th and Leimert,” the court documents said,.
The policemen could then be heard discussing the best way to get to it.
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One of the officers suggested going a different route and told the other "we got four minutes".
The in-house digital video system caught the two officers discussing Pokémon Go as they drove to different locations to catch the virtual creatures.
Mitchell reportedly caught the Snorlax and exclaimed "got em" as he did so.
In their appeal, Lozano and Mitchell argued that the LAPD had violated their privacy by listening to their private conversations, but the judge rejected the claim.
The incident occurred at the height of the Pokémon Go craze in the summer of 2016.
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