New York EMT Shot and Killed by Patient

The patient reportedly grabbed a rifle and fired two shots as the ambulance crew fled the scene Friday night.


ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. -- An EMT for the Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department died from a gunshot wound while responding to a medical emergency on Jan. 30, according to the New York State Police.

Mark Davis, 25, and two other EMTs were treating Christopher Burke at his residence. Police said in a statement that Burke became agitated during that time and grabbed a high-powered rifle from a bedroom.

As the first responders retreated from the residence, Burke allegedly fired the rifle, striking and killing Davis. The man then attempted to flee and was tackled and held down by one of the EMTs.

Responders who arrived at the scene attempted to save Davis as the ambulance transported him to the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y., where he was pronounced dead.

Police took the suspect into custody and he was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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