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A New York City paramedic was shot in an ambulance by a man he was transporting to a hospital, but two Good Samaritans quickly intervened to arrest the fleeing suspect.
Richmond University Medical Center EMTs responded to reports of a disorderly person at the Funkey Monkey Lounge on Staten Island at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Upon their arrival, EMTs saw a 37-year-old man in front of the bar and escorted him to the ambulance.
As the ambulance drove down Forest Avenue to Richmond University Medical Center, the patient brandished a pistol and fired a shot into the ambulance, hitting a 25-year-old EMT in the shoulder, NYPD Superintendent Mark Molinari told reporters.
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The driver pulled the ambulance over at 646 Forest Ave., where the patient exited the ambulance’s back door. The man was quickly apprehended by a retired NYPD detective and an off-duty police lieutenant, Molinari said.
“As I turned the corner, I heard the female EMT say, ‘He shot my partner,’ and that’s when I knew something had happened,” DSNY told Lt. Joseph Perrone to FOX 5 NY. “That’s when I knew I had to respond.
“I knew he could get away at any moment — that weapon could be in the game. I decided to take that weapon out of the game.”
The retired detective and sanitation officer held the man until NYPD officers arrived.
The ambulance driver then transported her injured partner to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was hospitalized in stable condition.
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The injured EMT, identified as Richard McMahon, was released from hospital on Thursday. Video showed him smiling in a wheelchair as fellow first responders greeted him with applause.
Molinari said the suspected gunman had previously had a clash with police, an “incident involving an emotionally disturbed person.” The inspector said it was not immediately clear whether the weapon was registered.
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Since taking office in January, Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, has made tackling rising violent crime a key focus of his administration. Last week, a New York City police officer was shot in the arm and the gunman was killed in a shootout in the Bronx, The Associated Press reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.