Police Nearby During Deadly Home Invasion

The initial 911 call came in at 9:21 a.m. from a local Bank of America branch. The call from the bank reportedly came after Hawke-Petit entered the branch and withdrew $15,000 from her family's account.

It appears from the transcripts and call log that the incident was first broadcast to police around 9:26 a.m., about two minutes after the initial 911 call ended, and a police offier noted that he was in the area a few seconds after that.

The former head hostage negotiator for the Toronto Police SWAT team, Barnie McNeilly, said that after a perimeter is set up, police negotiators typically try to make contact to confirm what is taking place.

"In most occasions, if we receive a 911 call about a home invasion or hostage situation, the No. 1 thing we have to do is confirm it," he said.

He said the appropriate response would depend on the exact information the Cheshire police had at the time, which was not immediately clear.

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