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Did Man Shot By PD Suffer From Lack of Efficient Dispatch?

Response times may have been delayed in the case of a man shot to death by Dunwoody police.


It's too early to tell how much miscommunication was created in the shooting pf a 34-year-old Marietta man in Dunwoody 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 Bradley Almy was shot.

After it incorporated, Dunwoody chose to contract with Chatcomm for police emergencies.

Listen to a retellng of the transcript and acommpanying story here of the energecy call. Stay tuned for a full upload of the 911 call - as we have ben attempting to find a usable format.

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 a 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.

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.

Brett January 06, 2013 at 06:27 PM
No, he suffered as a result of putting innocent people at risk and being shot for it.
Rob January 06, 2013 at 10:35 PM
One of your other reports states that the officer walked into the path of the car and then shot him to death. The officer placed himself in harms way, as well as he could have shot out the tires rather than kill the man. GBI may have a field day with this, not to mention the ever watching media on Dunwoody!
Brett January 06, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Rob - the officer also could have entangled the entire car in a spider web, rolled him into a cocoon, and delivered him safely to the police station. As a reminder, a police officer standing in the path of your car is not supposed to be "in harms way." If he is, he has the right to shoot you. I don't know if that's what happened here, but it's a worthwhile tip to keep in mind.
jimmie January 06, 2013 at 10:55 PM
I wish he would have shot a couple other convicts too Go DPD!
Musthaf Arod Upyur Poopur January 06, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Rob - you've posted some stupid comments in the past, put here you've out done yourself! 1) shoot out the tires? First, the office had better be a perfect marksman, second it would not have disabled the vehicle unless you shoot out all four tires, third even then a car can still be driven on the rims for a period of time. Next you use the term "in harms way". Had the perp stopped there would not be a "harms way" and the outstanding citizen would be amoung us today being defended by the ACLU for having his feeling hurt becasue someone called him a "stupid head" in first grade.
Rob January 07, 2013 at 12:58 AM
WOW..All these replies, but only one troll in hiding :-) Note to troll: Please get a life....and apparently....a job!
Rob January 07, 2013 at 12:59 AM
A valedictiorian troll no less- ROFLOL!!!
jimmie January 07, 2013 at 01:04 AM
geez youre braindead rob...
jimmie January 07, 2013 at 01:05 AM
trust me, there are legions who know you are a lunatic..it just takes one of me to make you look like the old coot fool you are rob
Brett January 07, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Rob - it seems you're the troll if anyone. You either posted something very dumb to get a reaction, or you're actually that dumb.
jimmie January 07, 2013 at 02:54 AM
no doubt, hes that dumb.

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