Police: Patient fired gun inside ambulance while fighting paramedics

Police said the man fired two shots and also pulled out a pocket knife during the struggle

By Laura French

ABILENE, Texas — Two paramedics were assaulted by a patient who pulled a gun and fired it inside an ambulance last Wednesday, police say. 

Abilene Police Chief Marcus Dudley said in a press conference that officers had responded to a call from a woman who said a man was at her residence claiming he was there to do work on her floors, according to KTXS. Police arrived and found the man, identified as Michael Gaylon McMillan, was experiencing a medical issue, and he was later placed in an ambulance to be transported to the hospital, Dudley said.

While en route to the hospital, McMillan reportedly pulled a handgun from his jacket and got up off the stretcher, police said. Dudley stated that as the two paramedics in the back of the ambulance tried to get the weapon away from McMillan, he fired two shots, but no one was struck.

McMillan also allegedly pulled out a pocket knife during the fight and struck one of the paramedics with the butt of the knife. The crewmember who was driving the ambulance stopped the rig and helped the paramedics hold McMillan down until police arrived, Dudley said. 

The paramedics were transported to the hospital for evaluation but did not sustain any major injuries. McMillan faces two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant. 


Chief Dudley speaks on incident involving a suspect who assaulted two paramedics earlier today.

Posted by Abilene Police Department on Thursday, April 15, 2021

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