- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Police are investigating how officers and dispatchers handled a woman’s 911 call that ended nearly 15 minutes later when she was fatally shot while still on the line.

Authorities are also probing whether her husband, who faces first-degree murder charges, was using marijuana.

The woman called 911 Monday night saying Richard Kirk, 47, was hallucinating and scaring the couple’s three small children, according to an arrest affidavit. She told dispatchers Kirk was “talking about the end of the world, and he wanted her to shoot him,” the document says.

She told dispatchers there was a gun in their house, but it was in a safe. As the call continued, she said her husband had retrieved the weapon, and she began to scream, the affidavit says. A detective who listened to the 911 tape said he heard a gunshot before the woman went silent.

Denver police did not release the 911 call or dispatch records, citing the ongoing investigation. The medical examiner on Tuesday identified the woman as Kristine A. Kirk, 44. Officers found her dead with a gunshot wound to the head when they arrived.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the internal investigation will focus on the time it took for officers to respond to the home and whether dispatchers properly prioritized the woman’s call, which is described in court paperwork as a “domestic disturbance.”

Detectives are also investigating whether marijuana played a role in the shooting “based on evidence we found at the scene,” Jackson said.

Court records did not list an attorney for Kirk who could be reached for comment.

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