Rantz: Victim died as medics waited for critically understaffed Seattle Police to arrive to scene

Due to critically low staffing, Seattle Police were unable to quickly respond to a deadly hit and run as medics waited to be cleared to treat the victim.

To be clear, multiple sources said the victim would have died no matter how soon police were able to arrive. But no one appeared to have known that at the time and medics were not permitted to get to the victim until the officers arrived.

This is the latest incident highlighting the dangers of the department’s staffing crisis.

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