Atlanta fire report: Responders could have done more in fatal shooting response

One, Lt. Dennis Smith, received two days unpaid suspension, while firefighters Charlamus Dennis and Katrina Sims were given reprimand letters -- all for failing to take appropriate action and file a report following the shooting death of 21-year-old Kavader Montez McKibben.

"I'm not pleased," McKibben's mother, Trina McKibben said early Friday evening. "I think that more should've been done."

After McKibben was killed during Dec. 4 armed robbery of Moreland Package Store, surveillance footage from the store raised concern that Atlanta firefighters responding to the scene did not act quickly enough to save McKibben's life.

The conclusion to the internal investigation conducted by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department into the matter cited information from the medical examiner's report in the determination that although Smith, Dennis and Sims' response didn't lead to to McKibben's death, they could have done more.

"The actions or in-actions of Smith, Sims and Dennis did not directly contribute to the death of the patient," the three-page report read. "However, this does not negate the fact that they failed to fully assess the patient for other signs of life that would have included checking for a pulse, as provided for in the clinical care guidelines for an obvious mortal injury."

The store video shows Smith, Sims and Dennis each looking over McKibben's body, but not acting to check on him.

"Neither observed any signs of respiration, movement or other life signs," the report reads. "They did observe what appeared to be brain matter coming from the victim's mouth, indicating a catastrophic brain injury."

The report also noted that a week after the incident no one had filed a report, as is required by the Georgia State Department of Human Resources rules for pre-hospital patient care.

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