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Audit: Response Time Normal In 911 Call Death

DENVER (AP) — An audit says the Denver police’s response time was slightly less than normal in the case of a woman who was shot and killed 13 minutes into her 911 call.

City Auditor Dennis Gallagher said Thursday the response to the April 14 call was about a minute less than the average for similar domestic-disturbance calls last year.

His finding was part of an investigation that showed police response times have slowed since 2008 because of manpower shortages and departmental changes.

Kristine Kirk (credit: CBS)

Kristine Kirk (credit: CBS)

Kristine Kirk pleaded with a dispatcher to send officers because her husband was hallucinating after consuming marijuana-infused candy and possibly pain pills.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Police say the dispatcher failed to tell officers Richard Kirk was getting a gun from a safe. Kristine Kirk was dead when officers arrived. The dispatcher was fired earlier this month.

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