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Internal investigation by Milwaukee police into long response to stabbing call

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Police have started an internal investigation to find out why it took 20 minutes for officers to arrive at the scene of a stabbing where a woman died.

Barbara Killebrew was stabbed late Tuesday afternoon at a north side home.

The Journal Sentinel said rescue personnel from the fire department got there within 3 minutes after they were called. But they normally wait until police secure an emergency scene before starting treatment -- and police didn't arrive until 17 minutes after the ambulance team did.

Killebrew was pronounced dead 6 minutes after that.

Police lieutenant Mark Stanmeyer said a preliminary investigation showed that the dispatch call was not handled under the normal protocol. He said Chief Ed Flynn has addressed the matter with his command staff, and issued a department-wide directive.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)