Man Shot By Dunwoody PD Waited for Medical Attention

A 911 police call details the November chase that ended in a Marietta man being shot to death by police after a chase.

A 911 call that turned tragic in November when a Dunwoody Police officer shot and killed a Marietta man reveals a sometimes chaotic and confusing response by authorities that appeared to delay medical aid.

A 40-minute communication between Dunwoody and Chatcomm, its 911 police dispatch service, details a car chase of a recklessly driving Bradley Almy that started in the Ashford Dunwoody-Meadow Lane area during rush-hour traffic.

The dispatch call describes the 34-year-old man making erratic driving maneuvers as police tried to respond to various hit-and-run collisions in the heavily populated Perimeter area and stop Almy.

Accident turns deadly

The call soon turns chilling as Almy's black mini-van was reported near the McDonald's eatery on Ashford Dunwoody Road, where officer Jason Dove reportedly walked into the crosswalk and shot Almy after warning him to stop.

"One shot fired into the vehicle," reports one of dozens of cops following Almy.

Four minutes into the dispatch call, the suspect was deemed "in custody" after his vehicle struck and toppled a utility pole near the Savannah Park apartments on Perimeter Center East. The vehicle then came to a stop.

At this point in the police call, an officer clinically describes a gunshot wound to the victim's right shoulder. DeKalb Fire and EMS were called for immediately by police as they described to dispatchers the accident.

Miscommunication amid the chaos

Close to a minute later, however, according to the call log, police dispatchers were still trying to locate the scene of the accident.

Dunwoody Patch has so far obtained only the police dispatch and not a separate but similar DeKalb Fire and EMS response log. Dunwoody Police contracts with Chatcomm, a quasi-private dispatch service, while DeKalb Fire maintains its own county-run dispatch system.

The disparate systems could have led to some of the confusion, according to the correspondence.

Three minutes after Almy was in custody, the tone of police responding to the accident become more urgent about the need for EMS, although they did not describe any change in Almy's medical condition.

"Advise to step up their response," says one officer, referring to medical responders.

During the back and forth, an officer asks for the "ETA" of medical responders. A full five minutes after Almy was apprehended, one officer told dispatch he had to redirect DeKalb EMS to the right location on Perimeter Center East.

"They need to come," the officer said. "They went right by it on Perimeter Center West."

He said that DeKalb Fire was unaware of road closures limiting access to the accident scene.

"I turned the EMS unit around, they'll be here soon," said an officer, around 9 minutes into the call.

A House Divided

It's too early to tell how much miscommunication was created in the shooting because of the separate roles of DeKalb Fire and Dunwoody Police.

Both are operated by two distinct dispatch centers, a division that came about shortly after Dunwoody incorporated and chose to contract with Chatcomm for police emergencies.

The system is still imperfect. Chatcomm receives all initial calls, and then manually transfers it to DeKalb call takers in the case of fire and paramedic emergencies. That adds up to 1 minute 30 seconds to a 2 minute 20 second average dispatch time, according to city officials.

The 3-minute 50-second maximum average response for DeKalb Fire was exceeded by at least 1 minute and a half in Almy's case, according to dispatch records.

Based on the police dispatch logs, DeKalb fire trucks were unclear where to go in at least one case, and didn't know how to get there after a road closure in a second case.

It's unclear if fire and police talked directly on radios or only through their intermediary dispatchers, based on the Dunwoody log.

That lost time could have been important. The first five minutes in a critical injury is considered widely to be the most important time for triage, according to emergency medical professionals.

Kimberly Greer, assistant to the city manager in Dunwoody, said that the city is still working to make the dispatch centers streamlined. Asked if a unified dispatch center could have helped in this situation, Greer deferred.

"There's a separation between DeKalb and Dunwoody ... we provide certain services and they do to. We try not to duplicate."

Greer also said that Dunwoody's release of its 911 call did not detail the actions of DeKalb Fire. The department has not released its call record as of this time.

Next steps

The cause of Almy's death has still yet to be determined by county medical officials. A toxicology report is being performed. Almy had been arrested this summer for drinking and driving.

After the Dunwoody shooting, he was pronounced dead at Grady Hospital.

Sgt. Jason Dove, the shooter in the incident, is in the midst of an internal police investigation, as is normal for an officer-involved shooting. He is on paid administrative leave.

Rob January 04, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Wonderful.. more bad press coming to Dunwoody in 2013 :-(
Michael Caldwell January 04, 2013 at 04:38 PM
The story supports what we have previously said: the shooting was justified to protect the lives of other citizens after Almy's reckless assaults with his van. The police then correctly responded immediately in a sincere and competent effort to save Almy's life with urgency.
Jason Massad January 04, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Anyone interested in follow up questions on this issue feel free.
Jason Massad January 04, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Also, when we can get the format squared away, we wil release the 911 call described in the story.
melissa radz January 05, 2013 at 06:06 AM
Are you trying blame law enforcement and ems and dispatch for this mans death? It wasnt like the officer tried to kill him. He was protecting himself and the citizens of Dunwiody.
contented-NOT January 05, 2013 at 01:56 PM
So lets see; a crazy nut crashing anybody and every body's car in his way to only God knows where will not even stop when confronted by a line of law enforcement officers. He is gun shot because he refuses to give up and uses his car/truck as a weapon. Then he needs the most sophisticated communication services available and the most costly medical services Atlanta area has to offer. I have to wonder if he is paying his on way with all of his havoc? Does he have the GA min of liability insurance; does he have his Blue Cross card in his wallet. In fact I wonder if he is being publicly defended for his earlier DUI. Then, I think, he is some body's son and he may be some body's spouse and even worse he may be some one's FATHER. I don't have an answer, just concerns.
Catwoman_hiss January 05, 2013 at 02:50 PM
With the ability to track someone by their phone to within a few feet why can't we have a 911 system that can do this?
Jason Massad January 05, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I was wondering when this would pop up. The death and the emergency response are two different issues, however entertwined. So let's start here DPD hands it calls through ChatComm - and DeKalb does its deal. Most known powerful political forces are at play here behind the secnes. And here's a simple question. IF DPD and DeKalb Fire had dispatchers in the same room, can you honestly make an argument that this would have been attended more more quickly in a dire siiuation. An again, this is not the talk of streamlining Chatcomm to stremlnes the system. Dekalb Foe got lost in critical minutes. Feature stories will focus on this
Robert January 05, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Jason, -Reporters like you grate my last reasonable nerve when using words like "tragic" and "chilling" to describe an incident that supports and involves the death of someone who, of his own choosing, put other law abiding citizens' lives at risk...not to mention the law enforcement officers who try to stop them. You need to get off your liberal, bleeding heart, high-horse reporting and be thankful that no one else was injured or killed as a result of Bradley Almy's actions and multiple hit-and-run collisions. But who would know about that from your report. You don't even comment about anyone else's well being in your 3rd paragraph, or elsewhere. -And God forbid you report on and use words like "valiant," "concerned," or even "heroic" in support of law enforcement. And especially Sgt. Dove who stopped this menace! -The only "REAL" reason that Bradley Almy is dead is because of the decisions HE chose to make that day. And for him, those decisions had deadly consequences. PERIOD! -And let's be clear about something else; there was no "accident" as you state at the beginning of your 4th paragraph. Almy's actions that day were made with intent! -Now, as a result of this incident, hopefully Dunwoody and Dekalb emergency personnel, police and ChatComm can remedy the dispatch and communications breakdowns in order to continue to safeguard their citizens, which is what they were trying to do in the first place! -Now, want to call ME out on something?
Dbc January 05, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Rob January 05, 2013 at 10:36 PM
"-Now, want to call ME out on something?" If Jason knew what you posted a few days ago about Piers Morgan on Twitter, he would suggest you indeed perform the task to yourself you referrred to! P.S. You should be nice considering Jason lets you fill his Patch site up 24 hrs per day with troll jibberish,
melissa radz January 06, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Robert---Well said. If there is something lacking in the dispatch system, then discuss that and get it figured out on what the best solution is to help fix it. To bring up the officer that was involved in the shooting and run his name in the mud or make society question him and his actions, is wrong. He was doing what he is trained to do, protect us. That is what he did, he protected us. He was keeping us safe from Almy. Now news stations, reporters, news papers and who ever else will be wanting to research Sgt. Dove and dig in his life to see what they can dig up or make up.(as some times reporters do) I can only imagine what Sgt. Dove is going through. Do you ever think to ask yourself how he may feel, how his family may feel. I am sure it is not easy on him or them. Bringing his name up over and over and questioning his actions is not helping anything. Almy did what he did on his own choice, and if there is a problem with dispatch, that has nothing to do with Sgt. Dove
Allen Westerly January 06, 2013 at 01:46 PM
@Robert Writing Mr. Massad's article using words like "valiant," "concerned," or even "heroic" will not mask the inefficiency and potential life-safety flaws in EMS dispatch as a direct result of Dunwoody using ChatComm. This incident shows that in an emergency, chaos induces a 'fog of war,' and EMS service was slower than if Dunwoody was using DeKalb dispatch. Perhaps the new 'interface' will be made to work efficiently, perhaps the decision to use ChattComm will not adversely affect future EMS calls. I know that ChattComm is preferred by our valiant, and heroic Dunwoody Police, so I am willing to give the new interface time to work. Let's just hope we don't see a major incident,like the tornado of '98, while the dispatch kinks are being worked out. Good angle on the article, Jason, don't let the mugwumps get you down...
contented-NOT January 06, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Well said Robert!
Brett January 06, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Well said Robert.
Lisa January 06, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Well said Robert.....
Dbc January 07, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Reread...it certainly doesn't appear that the author had "run his [the officer's] name in the mud or make society question him and his actions" in the least. Your rant is unjustified.
jimmie January 07, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Well said Robert. Author just trying to incite..looks like Dunwoodyians really couldn't care less about the dead thug
jimmie January 07, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I'm a lot more interested in why Burrell Ellis (Dekalb CEO) was just raided by the Feds..or that the TRO on Brook Run was extended..things that matter to our citizens..not some non-existent rights a dead thug has to perfect 911 service.
BurrellJustGotRousted January 07, 2013 at 05:56 PM
"Dunwoodyians really couldn't care less about the dead thug." A few Dunwoodyians really couldn't care less about anything past the end of their driveway. There fixed that for ya.
BurrellJustGotRousted January 07, 2013 at 06:39 PM
DeKalb County investigators searched the home and office of county CEO Burrell Ellis on Monday morning, and NOT the Feds.
jimmie January 07, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Agreed. Originally got misreported on radio.


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