Paramedics Shot At While Responding To Call In Sarasota FL. Should Paramedics Be Allowed To Arm Themselves While Working?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA — When paramedics, police, firefighters and other first responders answer to a call, sometimes they don’t know what’s waiting for them when they arrive.

In this case, a call was made that someone had fallen, so dispatch sends out an ambulance to help the person in need.

The call was apparently bogus, and what happened next could have been a lot worse than it was.

When the paramedics arrived, the resident at the home told paramedics that they had not called for help.

The paramedics started walking back to the ambulance and got inside when a man in a hoodie fired several shots at them, striking the front driver’s side door at least twice.

via mysuncoast.com

Luckily, only the ambulance was hit with gunfire.

The man took off running, and police are still looking for him.

I’ve had the conversation with many people over the years; should paramedics be allowed to carry firearms while they’re working? It’s a sticky subject, but most of the paramedics I’ve talked to are in favor of such a policy.

What are your thoughts?

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