Report: Authorities didn’t check shooting victim for 1 hour
White Cloud — Police reports indicate authorities were on the scene of a Newaygo County homicide in May for more than an hour before they discovered one of the victims was still alive.
The Grand Rapids Press says police reports from the investigation into a shooting that killed Martin Duram, 46, and critically injured his wife show multiple first responders assumed Glenna Duram, 47, was dead. She was partially covered by a blanket and lay still and quiet near her husband as authorities searched the couple’s Ensley Township home May 13.
No one checked Glenna Duram’s pulse until more than an hour after she was discovered, according to police reports obtained by the newspaper and MLive.com through a Freedom of Information Act request.
When state police finally touched the injured woman, Glenna Duram’s eyes opened and she asked what was happening. She survived the shooting.
Aside from a concerned neighbor, firefighters and first responders were the first inside the home. The neighbor had seen the couple on the floor with blood on them, and she found firefighters working on a fire down the road.
Police reports say first responders saw the couple on the bedroom floor and bullets on the bed, and were inside for a short time before making “the decision to back out of the residence as it appeared to be a crime scene.”
According to police reports, a fire department chief who went inside the home said no one checked the pulse of either Martin or Glenna Duram. The fire chief said they appeared to be dead and that they left the home for their safety, police reports say. But the fire chief told a 911 dispatcher that first responders did “verify” the couple was dead.
A dispatcher told a state police trooper that paramedics were asked to stay out of the home until police arrived, based on first responders saying the couple was dead. An hour after the first search, Michigan State Police Sgt. Gary Wilson wrote in police reports that he looked at Glenna Duram and didn’t feel “she looked deceased and believed I could see her breathing.” Wilson wrote that when he tried to check her pulse on her wrist, her eyes opened up.
No one has been charged with any crime related to the case. State police said early in the investigation that Martin Duram was the victim of a homicide, but investigators haven’t said publicly how his wife was wounded.