A man stole an ambulance from two EMT workers Thursday evening, then drove into them - killing one and leaving the other hospitalized at Jacobi Medical Center.
Police say Gonzalez was charged with three counts of murder, grand larceny, and driving while intoxicated. Gonzalez started to walk away, but then turned back, went around Arroyo and got into the driver's seat of the ambulance.
The man put the ambulance into reverse, striking Arroyo, who fell and got caught beneath the wheels, police said.
A passing police officer apprehended the suspect, aged 25, with the help of a bystander.
She was the mother of several children and was dating and FDNY paramedic.
Nigro said the EMTs stopped the ambulance and got out to investigate near an intersection in the Morris Park section.
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"A lot of heroism was on display today amidst the tragedy", de Blasio said.
Nigro said the loss was the latest among many. Video posted on Twitter captured the gruesome scene and showed the partner weeping over her fallen colleague.
An EMT in NY died and another was injured Thursday after being hit by a stolen ambulance. "The MTA officer engages the suspect and, as the Mayor said, with the assistance of good samaritans, was able to bring down and tackle the suspect, and he was subsequently placed in custody and brought to the 43rd Precinct".
The FDNY medic was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where she was nearly immediately pronounced dead.
The second EMT, also a woman, suffered minor injuries in the incident which took place shortly after 7 p.m., de Blasio said.
Friends, colleagues, community members and even the borough president attended a memorial ceremony Friday at the FDNY station house of an EMT killed in the line of duty earlier this week. Tonight's tragedy in the Bronx is disgusting. The man was known to the police because they have had numerous encounters with him as an emotionally disturbed person, they said. "My deepest sympathies to the family".