EMT shot in ambulance by drunk patient with taped-together gun on Staten Island: NYPD - WABC-TV

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WEST BRIGHTON, Staten Island (WABC) -- An on-duty EMT was changeable successful his enarthrosis portion treating an allegedly drunk and disorderly diligent wrong his ambulance connected Staten Island Wednesday night.

First responders picked up the seemingly intoxicated diligent extracurricular of the Funky Monkey Bar successful the West Brighton vicinity of Staten Island conscionable earlier 8 p.m. aft reports of a disorderly idiosyncratic astatine the bar.

Police accidental the 37-year-old suspect, identified arsenic Thomas McCauley, was extracurricular of the barroom erstwhile the EMTs arrived and walked himself into the backmost of the ambulance.

They accidental helium was answering questions connected the mode to Richmond University Medical Center, and arsenic EMT Rich McMahon was administering aid, constabulary accidental McCauley abruptly fired a handgun, striking the 25-year-old paramedic successful the shoulder.

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When the operator of the ambulance pulled over, they accidental McCauley fled retired the backmost door.

He was rapidly apprehended by a retired NYPD detective and off-duty Department of Sanitation lieutenant.

McMahon was transported by his spouse to Richmond University Medical Center, wherever helium being treated successful the trauma portion successful unchangeable condition.

McMahon's household has been told the slug narrowly missed his heart, and not coincidentally, his parent posted connected Facebook that helium "has the biggest heart."

He is expected to marque a afloat recovery.

A 38-caliber revolver held unneurotic by achromatic electrical portion was recovered astatine the scene.

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McCauley has been detained and charges are pending against him.

Officials accidental helium had been the taxable of a erstwhile telephone to constabulary astir an emotionally disturbed person.

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