Another EMT was also injured.
Arroyo and her partner, a 30-year-old female who was a passenger in the ambulance, struggled with Gonzalez. While being led from the police precinct, he claimed, “I’m innocent.”
Officials said Arroyo is the eighth member of the NY emergency medical services to be killed in the line of duty.
VIDEO PART 1: EMT dragged, killed by own ambulance%INLINE%. Arroyo, who left the ambulance door open, was approaching the man, later identified as Gonzalez, who then moved around her and went inside the ambulance.
The EMTs stopped the ambulance and the EMT who was driving got out to approach the man riding on the back, New York City Police Department Deputy Chief Jason Wilcox said.
Nigro said the victim is the eighth member of New York’s emergency medical services ever to die in the line of duty; of those, she is the third woman.
She calls EMT Yadira Arroyo’s death a bad tragedy but says the truth about Gonzalez and his history will come out in court.
According to the Post, a witness captured video of the incident. MTA K-9 Officer Danny McCabe just happened to be walking along the same street where the tragic fatal carjacking occurred. The suspect, a 25-year-old man, is in custody.
The second EMT was treated at a Bronx hospital for minor injuries, police said. “She was screaming ‘my partner, my partner.’ She was screaming hysterically”. He struck at least three other vehicles, before driving forward again, dragging the fallen paramedic into the middle of the road and striking two more vehicles before getting stuck in a snowbank, Reuters reported. A source told the paper he was incoherent and talking to himself. “Wouldn’t blame her for wanting to kick his ass”.
Police said he has a long history of mental illness – and 31 prior arrests.
Moments later, a passerby alerted Arroyo and Williams to his presence – causing the EMTs to stop their ambulance and confront him.
“She was still alive because I saw her look at the person who did it”, SwavyJayBeats said.
“We know our EMTs are courageous, they do crucial work, they save lives, but they should not ever have to be subjected to violence”, de Blasio said. One of the EMTs, a woman, was later pronounced dead, they said.