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Offline thundley4

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911 worker didn't warn Pittsburgh police of guns
« on: April 07, 2009, 11:41:05 AM »

AP – Wreaths in the memory of three Pittsburgh Police officers who were shot and killed responding to a 911
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PITTSBURGH – The mother of a man charged with killing three Pittsburgh police officers told a 911 dispatcher he had weapons, but the dispatcher didn't relay that information to officers, the official in charge of county dispatchers says.
The dispatcher should have asked more questions about the weapons, but didn't, and certainly should have told officers so they could take necessary precautions, Allegheny County Chief of Emergency Services Robert Full told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"There is no excuse. It could have been handled better, without a doubt," Full said in Tuesday's editions.
Richard Poplawski's mother, Margaret, had dialed 911 Saturday morning to summon police after threatening to evict him.
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Not only were their lives lost, but their deaths were likely preventable.   :(

Offline Chris_

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Re: 911 worker didn't warn Pittsburgh police of guns
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009, 03:05:17 PM »

AP – Wreaths in the memory of three Pittsburgh Police officers who were shot and killed responding to a 911 Link

Not only were their lives lost, but their deaths were likely preventable.   :(

It might have made the officers deaths preventable, but I'm curious how it wouldn't have escalated out of control - most likely as a "hostage situation", with the man's mother as the hostage, the moment he saw a heavier response than there was rolling up the street.

It is tragic that good men such as those officers were lost last weekend.  There are times that I find it absolutely miraculous that good men and women still volunteer to step into thoses ranks when places like Philadelphia have all but declared open season on their law enforcement officers.  But let us never forget that these great men died doing what they were trained and chose to do - to stand in harms way between the good people of society and the wolves in our midst.
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Re: 911 worker didn't warn Pittsburgh police of guns
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 03:57:06 PM »
The dispatcher should be fired. There is no excuse for that incompetency.