Staten Island EMT was shot in the shoulder while inside an ambulance by a suspected drunk patient


WEST BRIGHTON, Staten Island (WABC) — An EMT on duty was shot in the shoulder while tending to an allegedly drunk and disorderly patient on Staten Island.

First responders picked up the apparently intoxicated patient outside the Funky Monkey Bar in the West Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island just before 8 p.m.
Wednesday after reports of a disorderly person at the bar.

Police say the 37-year-old suspect, identified as Thomas McCauley, was outside the bar when paramedics arrived and entered the back of the ambulance. They say he was answering questions on the way to Richmond University Medical Center.

While a paramedic was administering aid aboard the ambulance, the patient is accused of suddenly firing a handgun, hitting the 25-year-old paramedic in the shoulder.

When the ambulance driver pulled over, they say McCauley fled through the back door.

He was quickly apprehended by a retired NYPD detective and off-duty Department of Sanitation lieutenant.

The paramedic was transported by his partner to Richmond University Medical Center and is being treated in the trauma unit in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.

A 38-caliber revolver held together with black electrical tape was recovered from the scene.

McCauley has been detained and charges are pending. Officials say he had previously been the subject of a police call about an emotionally disturbed person.

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