Captain Appointed To Investigate Police Response Time In Stabbing Death

AKRON, Ohio (AP)- Police have appointed a captain to investigate why it took 40 minutes for officers to respond to a 911 call that ended with an Akron woman being killed.

Police have charged 32-year-old Larry Hunter with kidnapping and aggravated murder in Friday's stabbing death of his ex-wife, 38-year-old Karen Hunter.

At 8:54 a.m., a neighbor reported a struggle between the Hunters in the street. The first officer didn't arrive until 9:34 a.m.

Response time generally is six to seven minutes, according to police.

Police said that Capt. James Harris will investigate how dispatchers handled the call and what caused the delay.

Hunter, who apparently had taken an overdose of medication, remains under police guard at Akron City Hospital. When released, he will be arraigned in Akron Municipal Court.

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