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Driver shoots at Memphis ambulance in road rage attack

The man pulled up alongside the ambulance brandishing a pistol and firing at least one shot

By EMS1 Staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police say a man shot an ambulance while they were both driving down an interstate highway.

No one was hurt in the Wednesday morning shooting, according to WREG.

Two EMTs were on their way to pick up a patient when they noticed a car swerving in and out of lanes. The EMTs tried to create room for the car to pass.

The driver then pulled up alongside the driver's side of the ambulance and gestured angrily at the EMTs. They thought they may have accidentally cut off the driver and tried to apologize when the driver pulled out a black automatic pistol and pointed it at the EMTs.

To avoid the man, the EMTs changed lanes, but the driver pulled up to the passenger side of the ambulance and shot at least one shot, missing the vehicle.

The driver then exited from the highway. Police are still searching for the driver.

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Phil Bowman Phil Bowman Friday, October 26, 2012 11:31:37 AM Too many crazy people out there - be safe.
Shannon Marie Shannon Marie Friday, October 26, 2012 11:39:23 AM What an @**hole! We are needed by so many, and so few respect us. Even try killing us. To all my active duty EMS people....STAY SAFE! And keep up the good work.
Tracy Campbell Verne Tracy Campbell Verne Friday, October 26, 2012 2:00:27 PM Yep, People continue to be psychotic and we still are not allowed to carry to protect ourselves. I have had a gun put to my head for trying to help someone and we get paid less than the people that mow the grass. Proof that we do our job because we love it and not for the pay.
Gene Wagner Gene Wagner Saturday, October 27, 2012 5:19:00 AM Big ambulance, little car. Crush him!
Dorothy Calvert Dorothy Calvert Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:31:24 AM Sometimes you just gotta wonder..........
Jason Bolt Jason Bolt Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:50:22 PM Just another day in Memphis.
Alan Presson Alan Presson Saturday, October 27, 2012 4:26:19 PM this is nothing new. Huh, JB.
Micky Finn Micky Finn Saturday, October 27, 2012 5:45:10 PM Yea, lets make sure EMS has EVOC, background checks, and tests, and all those licenses, wow! So for minimum wage some nut comes over and shoots you! EMS=Proof that nobody cares, so wake up EMS!
Doug Zalud Doug Zalud Saturday, October 27, 2012 11:58:41 PM Now what makes you say that? LOL.
Tom Wright Tom Wright Sunday, October 28, 2012 9:23:34 AM More and more services are starting to allow those with CHL to carry, lock boxes for hospitals, etc. One day, I expect the paramedic cert training will include weapons training, self defense, and legal training on likely scenarios. We are getting close to needing to be Fire, Police, and EMS just to keep a job, anyway.
Kyle Falkenbach Kyle Falkenbach Sunday, October 28, 2012 1:42:48 PM Thank you. So many nutjob people on this site bringing up arming techs every chance they get. It is a stupid idea, and not relevant to this video.
Rich A Alden Rich A Alden Monday, November 05, 2012 12:00:00 AM I think to protect staff....start by making ambulance vehicles safe....bullet proof glass.

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