Shot man 'assaults paramedic'

Published Friday, 16 May 2014
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A man shot in a paramilitary style attack in north Belfast assaulted a paramedic trying to treat him at the scene, according to the emergency services.

Shot man 'assaults paramedic'
The scene of the shooting at Jamaica Court. (© Kevin Scott)

It happened in the Jamaica Court area of Ardoyne shortly after midnight on Friday.

The 24-year-old initially refused treatment. However, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said that while the crew was trying to reason with him, he assaulted a paramedic at the scene.

He was eventually taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to a leg wound, which is not believed to be a life threatening injury.

The Ambulance Service said it was appalled by the latest attack on their crews.

A statement from the Service said: "The ambulance crew spent some time convincing the patient he should go to hospital before he struck out at the paramedic while leaving the ambulance.

"The Paramedic sustained bruising to his arm and was left shaken by the incident.

"However, to his credit, after a short period of time, to compose himself, he continued with his duties for the rest of his shift ensuring that vital levels of ambulance cover were not reduced in the Belfast area."

The Ambulance Service said that the incident comes as latest figures show physical assaults on crews have risen by 24% in the past year.

"We would appeal once again for our crews to be respected and allowed to do their job. We will continue in our efforts to educate the public about the negative impact such attacks have on our crews and the community they serve and we would call for stiffer action to be taken against those who are brought before the courts as a result of having attacked our staff."

© UTV News
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10 Comments
road to no town in ards wrote (108 days ago):
what a waste of space he is attacking a medic trying to treat him.
rach in belfast wrote (108 days ago):
its what we cope with day in and out! it's expected of us to tolerate abuse! what the public don't s ee would make their eyes bleed! zero tolerance my ****! scapegoats is what we are ...hardworking honest folks who don't get anything but the enjoyment of a two second smile that could wipe out all the abuse you take!
Aaron in Belfast wrote (108 days ago):
Things like this really wind me up, if people are going to assault and abuse these professionals, who are only here to help us, then these people should be left where they are so that ambulance/fire/police crews can go help someone else who aren't going to attack them. Their own tough luck for being idiots!
leave this waster in belfast wrote (108 days ago):
what a nice person he is, the medic was trying to treat him and he ends up assaulting him, the medic should have left him to get on with it.
marc in bangor wrote (108 days ago):
get him in to court for asault on the man doing a good job trying to help a preson tbat was shot prob for a good reason.
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