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Woman shot dead while on phone with 911 for 13 minutes

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DENVER — A Denver woman’s frantic phone call with a 911 dispatcher was fatally cut short when her husband allegedly shot her, police say.

The phone call was in its 13th minute, and police had not yet arrived when the shot was fired, according to KDVR.

Richard Kirk, 47, was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder.

The victim called 911 on Monday night, saying that her husband was “talking about the end of the world” and asking her to shoot him, according to a police probable cause affidavit.

She told the dispatcher that there was a gun in the house, but that it was in a safe.

The couple’s three children were scared, the woman told the dispatcher, and Kirk was hallucinating, she said.

She then began to scream after seeing that Kirk had grabbed the gun from the safe.

What followed was “an apparent gunshot and the victim was not heard on the call again,” according to the affidavit.

The incident has raised questions about the time it took for officers to respond to the call.

When police arrived, they found the victim dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

“We will report the truth, even if mistakes were made,” the Denver Police Department said about the case on its Twitter page.

Kirk was arrested, and while in the backseat of the police car told an officer that he had killed his wife, the affidavit states.

Police are investigating whether Kirk had smoked marijuana or taken other drugs, as some reports allege.


  • mimilll

    TRUTH*****yep….I am sure the TRUTH WILL BE TOLD….especially IF mistakes were made….they will say they had a right to do whatever was done. The majority of l
    aw enforcement NEVER admits to doing anything WRONG.

  • Sniper762mm

    Instead of calling 911 first, she should have secured the handgun in her psossession, then called 911, and defended herself and her children while on the phone with 911. If she had done so, she would still be alive and her crack head sorry excuse for a man, husband, and father would be taking the dirt nap, not her.

  • Lew Taylor

    Why don’t we just introduce the suspicion of pot being the REAL villain here, even if there is no evidence of such?…SMH!

    • Really?

      Maybe not pot on it’s own but drugs work differently for different people. Also, we don’t know what other things he was taking or mixing together.

      • Mike Hunt

        Maybe not pot on its own? Not pot at all. If there were other drugs used – then they would be the leading factor.

      • sherri

        Pot reacts to different people different ways. I have seen someone just smoke pot and go off the deep end just like this. Not saying other drugs weren’t there when this woman was shot. This guys was crazy. I hope the kids will be alright.

  • FaithC

    Someone in the house talking crazy, first get the gun, then lock yourself and kids in a room with a window you can get out of if needed, pile stuff in front of the door and then call 911.

    • Hatter

      Where is your evidence that he would have allowed her to get the gun?? You people make it seem as simple as pie to defend yourself against a crazy person. I hope you never have to find out just how easy it is NOT. Crazy does not necessarily equal stupid.

  • Queen Bee

    I don’t understand how all these people who weren’t actually there and didn’t see what happened all have the answers that would have saved the day. My heart goes out to this poor woman and her children who will have to live with this for the rest of their lives.

  • AM

    That’s so nice put down the dead woman, why didn’t she do this, why didn’t you do that, would you say such things about your family? Well if my sister had not been so stupid and just gotten the gun first she would still be alive now. WOW, this woman is dead and you have the nerves to insult her and basically call her a mornon for not getting a gun instead of calling for police help that did her absiolulty no good. Not to mention the 3 children that witnessed the entire thing. People can be so insinsitive. I pray you never go thru anything like this.

  • Hatter

    Regardless of which, if any, drugs he was on, the fact that he had access to a GUN is the reason she is dead. Thank you, (misinterpretation of) 2nd Amendment!

    • Mr. 2nd Amendment

      She died because there was a gun in the house? Really!?! I’d rather be shot and die quickly than to be bludgeoned to death by a madman. I wish she had used the gun in self defense. Her children would have thanked her. May she rest in God’s hands and may God save the children from years of torment.

  • republicanhomophoberacisthater

    No need for a trial or any investigation. The internet blog geniuses have already passed judgement and know all. Move on, nothing new here.

    • Kill The Poor

      But that’s what the rednecks do on here. After all they’re experts in national defense, fiscal policy, immigration, criminal law, constitutional law/interpritaion, environmental affairs. Jesus how can anyone ever compete with such a wealth of knowledge?

  • scottl

    I find it interesting that people assume this woman would still be alive if not for the fact their was a gun in the house. What would have prevented her husband from going to the kitchen and grabbing a knife. Dead is dead know matter the weapon used. The problem does not lie with the weapon used but response time. One cannot even know if law enforcement showed up in 8 minutes if the outcome would have been different. It is all speculation!

    • Hatter

      The police might actually have reached her in time had he not had a killing device that travels at thousands of feet per second. Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. Or maybe it does. Apparently it does.

      • Phillip

        Yea I’m sure he could not have walked across the room with a knife in 13 min. Also what is your interpetation of the 2nd amendment I would love to hear how you rewrite it.

      • Hatter

        I don’t need to interpret it because I can read AND comprehend the words I read. ‘Well regulated militia’ – I’m not sure why those three words are so hard for you and other people to grasp.

  • twisted

    There is no way it was only pot that caused this.. other drugs or alcohol will rear its ugly head.. FACT

  • Mr. 2nd Amendment

    I pray the children find love and an escape from their earthly hell because we, the one’s they trusted to protect them, have failed them.

  • Wanda

    My God have his hands wrappe around the children. Do I own guns yes. But the did not kill this woman the man did and he would have done so with any weapon. I just know that everything is in God’s hands even when there is no sense to be found. Lord bless those children and the families involved.

    • Hmmm

      If everything is in God’s hands then he is responsible for this woman’s murder. Now you want him to wrap his arms around the children? That would be rather hypocritical of him, wouldn’t it?

  • Wendy Collins

    Marijuana did NOT make him do this …SO everyone who continues to try to blame it for the stupidity or sick minds of others need to stop…their words are falling on deaf ears

  • david

    Why do all the 911 operators want to ask you 50 questions before they even dispatched a cop. Too much time is spent talking to someone on the phone that has no train

  • Cynthia

    I am praying for the 3 boys especially the one who
    Witnessed his Mother being shot by his very own
    We live in a time where drugs do play a big part in
    Society. Many bad things are laced with marajuana,
    and bad things happen to very good people.

    I agree with statements that had the gun not been in the house
    He might of used another form of weapon or even
    His very own hands.

    The man was obviously not in any form of sanity when his now dead wife
    Called 911. I am hoping this will stop people from playing Russian
    Roulette when buying drugs off the street.
    Drugs are for sick people….
    Prayers for this Family!

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