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HOUSTON – A man with a gun hijacked a Houston Fire Department ambulance with an ambulance and a patient still inside early Friday, police said.
The incident occurred around 3 a.m. near the 610 South Loop and Beechnut in the Meyerland area.
HFD chief Samuel Peña said a paramedic was driving the ambulance with a patient and another paramedic behind him. While they were transporting the patient, an armed man forced the vehicle to stop. He pointed a gun at the paramedic at the wheel and took over the vehicle.
The suspect then sped off, leaving the EMT on the side of the road.
Peña said in the back of the ambulance the remaining paramedics knew something was wrong because they were no longer going in the right direction. She looked through the window into the cabin from behind and saw that someone else was driving.
The suspect is said to have pointed his gun at the paramedic who was still behind.
A couple of times the suspect could be heard over the radio telling dispatchers that he was the man driving the ambulance.
BREAKING: The man you see in the video is arrested – @houstonpolice confirms he is the suspect who allegedly stole an HFD ambulance at gunpoint this morning – and took it off while an EMT and a patient transported were still in there. @KHOU pic.twitter.com/0E1nMo1J23
– Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) July 23, 2021
The police responded and located the vehicle via GPS and they – together with the EMT still in it – were able to bring the incident to a peaceful end. The suspect was then taken into custody along the Southwest Freeway and Weslayan.
The fire chief later praised the EMT for still treating the patient and “de-escalating” the situation, saying that they had done “an outstanding job”. He also praised HPD and criticized the suspect.
“It is not their job to be kidnapped and attacked at gunpoint,” said HFD boss Peña on Friday. “We are very grateful that everyone is fine, but it is unacceptable for our firefighters and paramedics to be attacked when it is their job to go out and have a positive impact.”
A motive for the act is unknown.
“Something is definitely wrong. A person like this shouldn’t be on the street, ”said the boss.
There were no injuries, another ambulance was called to transport the patient on.
No names are currently known.
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Southwest and Southeast Officers have just recovered a stolen HFD ambulance on the Southwest Freeway and Weslayan. HFD was transporting a patient to the hospital when a car picked the ambulance off the road and took the ambulance at gunpoint. A firefighter remained lying on the side of the road. pic.twitter.com/Ip5DRcjP5q
– Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 23, 2021
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