Fatal Carjacking Victim Waited as Dispatchers Tried to Locate Ambulance

Emergency communications reveal dispatchers questioning location of squad after Dustin Friedland was shot in the head.

More emergency dispatch communications released last week reveal confusion where an ambulance was in the moments after a Hoboken attorney was gunned down during a carjacking last month at The Mall at Short Hills.

"OK, find out the exact location of squad," a male dispatcher said. "They're still not here."

The ambulance's response time was initially questioned when 911 recordings were released earlier this month of a frantic Jamie Friedland pleading for help after her husband, Dustin, had been shot in the head shortly after 9 p.m. on Dec. 15. Jamie Friedland claimed they had been waiting for a half-an-hour for the ambulance to arrive.

H. Steven Roth, the 2013 president of the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad, in a statement released last week called media reports "wrong" that stated it took 30 minutes for the ambulance to reach the parking garage.

Roth confirmed Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber's timeline of events following the shooting, stating the ambulance arrived at the parking garage at 9:24 p.m. Weber said the ambulance reached the scene 18 minutes after the shooting and Friedland was headed to the hospital at 9:31 p.m.

However, it still remains unclear what took the ambulance the nearly 20 minutes to arrive on the scene.

"All right, where is the squad?," the male dispatcher is heard saying a second time in audio recordings obtained by WPIX (can be heard toward the end of the video above).

"They're stating they're around the corner," a female dispatcher responded.

"All right, we need them to bring the stretcher up to the second level—not be around the corner," the male dispatcher said.

"I'm coming around with the ambulance," a member of the EMS squad replied.

It remains unclear if the ambulance was dispatched from the squad's headquarters on Glen Avenue—about 4 miles from the mall—or from another location.

Roth, who did not respond to Patch's question about the squad's average response time, said Friedland received immediate medical care moments after the shooting from the first police officer on the scene.

An Overlook Hospital paramedic and a member of the Millburn-Short Hills first squad each arrived about 10 minutes after the shooting, Roth said. Weber said the member of the first aid squad was the crew's on-duty chief who arrived in her own vehicle at 9:19 p.m.

The ambulance then arrived five minutes later, but had to stop at the parking garage's entrance due to the 7-foot ceiling. EMS personnel rolled the stretcher loaded with supplies and equipment up the ramp to the second level to reach Friedland.

"From the moments after his shooting, Mr. Friedland was in the care of highly trained people who stabilized him prior to being transported to the nearest trauma center," Roth said.

The Friedland family and their attorney have declined comment.

Authorities arrested last month four Essex County men who were charged in Friedland's death. Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 35 of Newark; and Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, were charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.

All four men, who pleaded not guilty earlier this month, have criminal records.

Thompson had just been released days before the carjacking when a judge lowered his bail from $50,000 to $20,000 with a 10 percent option of $2,000 for burglary and resisting arrest charges stemming from a Dec. 7 incident, according to The Star-Ledger report detailing issues with the state's bail procedures.
Lawyer1 February 01, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Maybe true.....but to build a permanent public structure that doesn't allow emergency access to render immediate first aid to victims is pure negligence IMO.....along with the archaic self defense laws in this state. We are "Walking Targets" for criminals here in New Jersey.....sheep fro the wolves to prey on....do something about it.....demand your 2A Rights back and CCL laws like the other normal 48 states. Our politicians are out of touch with reality.
Michael Kinzig February 01, 2014 at 10:47 AM
SO WHAT??? He was shot In the HEAD. What were his chances, anyway?? Look on the bright side...he was a lawyer, wasn't he??
Michael Kinzig February 01, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Lawyer1....it is the lawyers , perverting the system , that have created this monstrosity of a "system".
Lawyer1 February 09, 2014 at 12:53 PM
True enough.....Most Lawyers, Judges and Prosecutors.....they remain safe while you are Targets for these street predators. Think they care...? And you keep electing them to public office here in NJ. Caught between the Politicians and the Hold-up men in the street, what's worse is you can do something about it. Like the other 48 States in our great country, demand your 2A Rights back and CCL in New Jersey....refuse to be a victim.
george curington February 12, 2014 at 07:14 PM
During bad economic times like this, a mall like Short Hills sticks out like sore thumb and is viewed as a bonanza by the typical thief. Ever checked out the parking lot at Short Hills Mall? Every other car is mercedes, bmw, jaguar, lexus, landrover ... etc ... It is a mall designed for the rich and famous here in Jersey. Such a mall should have a para-military guard system all carrying sub machine guns to protect the wealthy customers. Probably lots of people get robbed in that parking lot. I've been there a couple of times and recall waking into a shoe store with the starting show prices at around 400 dollars. So , sadly , that lawyer became the subject of one of those opportunistic thieves .


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