Shot man 'assaults paramedic'

Shot man 'assaults paramedic'

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.

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."

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