Police radio shows delays in shooting response

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- As police officers pleaded for all available medics to converge on the scene of the Colorado movie theater massacre, a two-man ambulance crew and their rig were idling just a few miles away.

While some ambulances were quickly called to duty, it took dispatchers more than 20 minutes into the crisis to ask the Cunningham Fire Protection District. Other nearby agencies got the call for aid even later.

By the time the Cunningham crew arrived, it was more than a half hour after authorities got first word that a gunman had opened fire in the theater.

Radio traffic showed emergency personnel struggling to grasp both the scope of the tragedy and mobilize a response. It's not clear whether a faster response would have saved more lives.

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  • by Deaply Saddened Location: Mesa county (western slope) on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM
    I agree with the previous post, we cannot rely on anyone except ourselves to protect us, but he had full suits and protection on. Maybe it could have slowed him down, even just from shock, but I think he was prepared for that. I still think self protection is vital, but this was just someone going off the deep end. It could be for any # of reasons, but now that is all pretty irrelevant. I pray for the loved ones affected, including his loved ones I am even trying to pray for him, not that he gets off, but that God will heal him!! What he did is unimaginable, and unexcusable, but he is still a life, God created him. None of us have to like what he did, but we should care enough to pray for him, and his victims.
  • by Been There on Jul 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    There are some parts of law enforcement/emergency services which are more efficiently shared among agencies: Dispatch, crime lab, motor pool, IT and training come quickly to mind.
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