2 EMS providers treated at hospital after assault by patient

EMS providers were dispatched to reports of a man not feeling well and lying on the ground; the patient attacked as they approached

By Harrison Cahill
The State

SUMTER, S.C. — A Columbia man was taken into custody after he assaulted two Emergency Medical Service workers who attempting to treat him Sunday afternoon, according to Sumter police officials.

Tonyia McGirt, a department spokeswoman, said 25-year-old William Terrell Hutley has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault and battery and public disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

McGirt said the EMS workers were dispatched to a gas station in the 200 block of South Guignard Drive to reports of a man not feeling well and lying on the ground behind the business. When EMS workers arrived, they approached Hutley who then allegedly attacked them.

Sumter police were dispatched to the scene to provide assistance. McGirt said Hutley would not comply with the multiple verbal instructions from the officers and non-lethal force was used to detain him.

The EMS workers were transported to local hospitals following the incident to receive treatment for their injuries. One EMS worker was later transported to a Columbia area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, McGirt said.

Hutley was also treated for injuries he sustained in the altercation with first responders and was then transported to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.

Sumter police are continuing to investigate the altercation.


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