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.
[Chatcomm also serves Sandy Springs.]
The dispatch call describes a man making erratic driving manuvers as police tried to respond to various hit-and-runs 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 reporting and 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 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 accidet 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 place.
"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 closuress 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.
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 incident, he was pronounced dead at Grady Hospital, a gunshot trauma hospital.
Sgt. Jason Dove, the shooter in the incident, is in the midst of an internal police investugation, as is normal for an officer-involved shooting. He is on paid administrative leave.