• Firefighter disarms patient in potential paramedic stabbing


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts: 

    • A patient allegedly tried to stab an EMSA paramedic Saturday.
    • A firefighter disarmed the patient.
    • No one was injured.

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    Tulsa fire officials say one of their own disarmed a potential potential stabbing suspect during a call Saturday.

    Crews were only blocks away Saturday when they received a call for a male with breathing problems near the 5100 block of East 11th Street.

    When they arrived, firefighters say a male inside an antique store in the area seemed to be breathing erratically.

    They asked the patient to step outside the store and sit on a metal parking bumper in order to evaluate him further, but the patient refused and said it was cooler inside the store.

    After firefighters convinced the man that it was cooler outside, he stepped out with them.

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    They say he kept his hands in his pockets and referenced “suicidal thoughts.”

    When EMSA was approaching, the patient kept telling those on the scene he just wanted to get in the ambulance.

    Firefighter Weber attempted to assess the patient and asked him to remove his hands from his pockets, after which he pulled his left hand out.

    Firefighters then walked to the victim to the back of the ambulance and an EMSA paramedic cleared a cot off for the patient.

    The patient followed her into the ambulance, and Weber says he saw the patient hit the paramedic in the back of the head with his left hand while holding a knife in his right, attempting to stab the EMSA paramedic.

    Weber then stopped the man, and wrestled him down and disarming him with the help of Firefighter Roberts.

    The EMSA paramedic was able to get away, and the patient was restrained until police arrived to handcuff the patient.

    All responding personnel were unharmed, and the patient was transferred to the OSU Medical Center.

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