The deranged, drunken affected person who allegedly shot a Staten Island EMT at the back of an ambulance this week has been charged, cops mentioned Friday.
Thomas McCauley, 37, was charged late Thursday with assault on an EMT and prison possession of a weapon in connection to the Wednesday evening capturing of Richard McMahon, 25, at the back of an ambulance, authorities mentioned.
He was walked out of the a hundred and twentieth Precinct on Friday morning, police mentioned.
McCauley — described in 911 calls as drunk and disorderly — was picked up Wednesday evening exterior Funkey Monkey Lounge in Port Richmond by EMTs from Richmond College Medical Middle, authorities mentioned.
The EMTs, together with McMahon, positioned McCauley at the back of the ambulance and proceeded towards the hospital.
A couple of mile into the transport, McCauley allegedly pulled a gun out of his waistband and fired a shot, putting McMahon within the shoulder.
“I used to be asking him questions at the back of the ambulance as we drove, you already know, affected person historical past,” McMahon advised The Publish Thursday. “I requested if he had any medicines and he mentioned that he had a psych historical past. So I requested him if he was suicidal and he mentioned ‘sure.’”
“I used to be writing down the medicines that he ought to have been taking and … I seemed up and there was a gun pointed immediately at me. I heard ‘Bang!’ and because the shot got here out, I flinched,” mentioned McMahon, who added that he was solely three ft away from the suspect.
McMahon then yelled out, “I’m shot! I’m shot!” to his companion, who pulled over to the aspect of the highway, he recounted.
“As she was coming round, I pulled the gun from his fingers. I twisted it out of his fingers and when she opened the door, I used to be nonetheless scuffling with him,” the heroic EMT mentioned.
McCauley fled out the again of the ambulance on foot however was caught with the assistance of a retired NYPD detective and off-duty Division of Sanitation Lt. Joseph Perrone, police mentioned.
McMahon, whose accidents had been non-life-threatening, was discharged from Richmond College Medical Middle on Thursday.
A .38-caliber revolver was recovered on the scene. McCauley was additionally allegedly in possession of a knife and Mace, in response to police.
In a Fb publish Thursday, the wounded EMT’s mom mentioned that studying of her son’s shut name was “the worst telephone name a mother might get.”
“How does my son get SHOT doing his job making an attempt to assist individuals?” Kathy Rowan McMahon wrote. “He has the most important coronary heart and compassion for his job and sufferers!!”
“Fortunately he’ll be okay!!”