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WDKX.com » Blog » Dispatcher Fired After Woman Dies During 911 Call
Jun 10th 2014 6:21 am
Dispatcher Fired After Woman Dies During 911 Call
by News

DENVER -- A dispatcher who handled a 12-minute 911 call in which a woman was killed while on the phone, has been fired, according to the Denver Department of Public Safety.

Richard Kirk, now 48, is accused of shooting his wife Kristine Kirk, 44, in the head April 15 after he bought a marijuana edible and a pre-rolled marijuana cigarette less than three hours before. Before she was killed, Kris Kirk told the dispatcher that her husband had taken some prescription medicine for back pain along with the pot and was hallucinating.

"The response of the patrol officers was found to be reasonable and appropriate, given the limited information that was aired by dispatch," according to a report from the police department. "There was information relayed by the caller to the call taker that would have prompted an emergency response. The information which was constantly being updated was not provided over the air to the patrol officers."

Later in the call, Kris Kirk mentioned that the couple had a gun that was in a gun safe. When she realized her husband had taken the gun from its safe, she panicked and was shot within a few seconds. Richard Kirk was charged with first-degree murder and remains in jail.