DETROIT (AP/WOOD) — A man stabbed and slashed two Detroit emergency medical technicians early Tuesday, leaving them with “horrific” injuries before he fled the scene, a fire department official said.
The attack happened at around 12:30 a.m., interim Fire Commissioner Eric Jones told reporters. They had responded to a 911 call and were treating a woman for an injured ankle when an agitated man attacked one of the EMTs, he said.
The other EMT tried to intervene and was attacked, Jones said. He said the EMTs — a man and a woman — suffered “horrific” wounds to their faces and hands but managed to drive to a hospital. Both required surgery and were listed in stable condition, he said.
They came “within inches of dying,” said Jones, who didn’t say what type of weapon was used.
Police said Tuesday evening that the suspect was arrested in Detroit, as was a female who the EMTs were treating. Authorities say the man is being held on a homicide warrant in an inactive 2006 case and a sexual assault warrant.
“Members of the Detroit Police Violent Crimes Task Force worked diligently throughout the day to identify, locate and apprehend the suspect responsible for the violent attack. The message is clear they we will not tolerate such violence in our city,” an evening release said.
More information is expected to be released Wednesday.
Jones said he is talking with the police about ways to better protect first responders.