An EMT was shot in an ambulance by an intoxicated man being transported to a Staten Island hospital on Wednesday night — and retired cops helped apprehend the suspect, police and sources said.
The wild chain of events began after EMTs from Richmond University Medical Center picked up the patient from the Funkey Monkey Lounge Forest Avenue and Llewellyn Place at about 7:40 p.m., according to sources.
Calls made to 911 reported the man to be drunk and disorderly at the time, sources said.
Responding EMTs placed the man in the back of the ambulance and proceeded towards the hospital.
About a mile into the transport, as the ambulance was near 646 Forest Avenue, the patient pulled a gun out of his waistband pocket and fired a shot, striking an EMT in the back of the left shoulder,
The perpetrator then fled the ambulance on foot before he was apprehended with the help of retired NYPD officers, police said.
The wounded EMT was transported to RUMC hospital where he is currently in stable condition, cops and sources said.
The firearm was recovered at the scene, according to sources.
Additional reporting by Susan Edelman