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Too late for Triffie: Paramedics say they couldn't save shooting victim

Paramedics and a doctor who treated Triffie Wadman an hour after she was shot said they couldn't save her.
It's week four of the first-degree murder trial for Trevor Pardy, 38, accused in the shooting death of Triffie Wadman, 30. (CBC)

Paramedics and a doctor who treated Triffie Wadman after she was shot said they couldn't save her.

Wadman, 30, was shot on Boggy Hall Place in St. John's around 1:05 a.m., Oct. 1, 2011.

Her ex-boyfriend, Trevor Pardy, 38, is on trial for first-degree murder and on Thursday, a Supreme Court of Newfoundland jury heard from paramedics who were called to the scene.

Ryan Kelly, an advanced care paramedic with Eastern Health, testified the call came in at 1:10 a.m. but when he got to Boggy Hall Place, he was told by police to wait about 250 metres away because it wasn't safe.

Paramedics say they had to wait 20 minutes to treat Triffie Wadman because police thought it wasn't safe for them to move in. (CBC)

Earlier witnesses have testified that Pardy was still in the cul-de-sac and wouldn't put his gun down.

Paramedics waited 20 minutes to attend to Wadman. She was on her back, Kelly said, her airway full of vomit and blood, and she had a weak pulse.

Another paramedic, Darren Taylor, testified that emergency responders cut some of Wadman's clothes off, and when they moved her, they "lost her."

Taylor said the ambulance ride to hospital was "a load and go situation," meaning Wadman was not likely to survive. 

Sarah Mathieson, an emergency room doctor, was on duty when the ambulance arrived at the Health Sciences Centre at 1:43 a.m.

Mathieson said Wadman had a wound in her left chest, traumatic bleeding, and no vital signs.

She said a resident did internal CPR, but Wadman was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m.

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With files from Glenn Payette