Tuesday, February 03, 2009

NYS Firefighter/EMT Shot, Killed by Patient

EMT Shot in the back after patient becomes uncontrollable

Thousand Islands, NY (February 3, 2009) -- A 25 year old Firefighter-EMT from Cape Vincent (NY) Volunteer Fire Department was shot and killed when he and three other emergency services personnel were assaulted by an agitated patient.

The murdered EMT, Mark Davis, along with other EMS personnel had been summoned to the residence Christopher G. Burke in Cape Vincent by a 911 call. While being assessed by the EMS workers, Burke revealed that he had weapons in the home, police said. He became agitated, went into another room and retrieved a high powered rifle.

"They (EMS Team) heard the action of a weapon being activated. At that point the EMTs attempted to retreat from the residence," said State Police BCI captain Mark Lincoln.

As the EMTs retreated, Burke allegedly fired two rounds, one of them hitting Davis and killing him. Burke then ran from the home and was tackled and held down by another EMT. Clayton Police officer Robin Pearce took him into custody with help from Alexandria Bay Police officer Jerry Delosh.

EMTs at the scene attempted life-saving efforts on Davis and continued during the ambulance transport to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, where he was pronounced dead.

Please send your condolences to Thousand Islands Rescue (New York State)

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