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Firefighters Disciplined After Failing To Check Shooting Victim

11:26 AM, Feb 6, 2010   |    comments
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Martez McKibben, 21, was gunned down trying to protect a co-worker in robbery attempt.

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News learned late Friday that three Atlanta firefighters have been disciplined after an internal investigation into a fatal shooting at a package store last December.

It was all captured on video.

As a part of their internal investigation, the fire department reviewed a surveillance video from a Moreland Avenue package store. It shows the three fire fighters as they looked over the store counter at a clerk who had just been shot.

According to their superiors, the three saw no signs of breathing or movement from clerk Martez McKibben.

But the department concluded that the firefighters failed to check McKibben for other signs of life, by checking for a pulse or breathing as prescribed by the department's operating procedure.

Lt. Dennis Smith will receive a two-day suspension without pay, while firefighters Charlamus Dennis and Katrina Sims will both receive letters of reprimand.

A statement from the fire department states that the inaction of the firefighters, "did not directly contribute to the death of the patient, but does not negate the fact that they failed to fully assess the patient."

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