Police Review Victim's 911 Emergency Call
KENNEWICK, Wash. - For the first time, the call Julie Britt made to 911 on August 25th saying her husband was threatening her is heard by the public.
For over 10 minutes, a Benton County dispatcher asked Julie key questions about the situation she was in. She told the dispatcher her husband Doug Britt was following her around and was threatening her.
Kennewick Police Officers arrived nine and a half minutes after the call. As they pulled up, Doug Britt shot his wife, her friend, then himself.
The call was categorized as a priority two meaning as soon as officers cleared their current call they would head to Julie's complaint. In a prority two call officers do not sound sirens and lights are kept off.
Dispatcher: Did he mention anything about a weapon? Julie: No. He hasn't mentioned anything about a weapon. Dispatcher: Has anyone been drinking? Julie: He's actually supposed to be at work right now. Dispatcher: Is everyone inside the apartment right now? Julie: He's standing outside fighting.
In total, police arrived on scene nine and a half minutes after they were dispatched.
Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg said his office reviewed the call and is satisfied with how it was handled. He said situations can turn deadly in less than 20 seconds.