NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An FDNY emergency medical technician was hailed as a hero Monday, after a suspect described as an “emotionally disturbed person” grabbed a gun and started shooting outside Harlem Hospital – leaving an officer wounded.
As CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported Monday, EMT Brendon Hernandez, 25, said he was acting on instinct when he jumped on a suspect who police said had just shot Officer Fausto Gomez in the foot outside Harlem Hospital early Monday morning.
“All I know is he had a gun in his hand, and I removed it,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez said he was acting on instinct when he jumped on the armed suspect and yanked the loaded gun out of his hand.
“I was scared,” he said. “I was scared for my safety, my partner’s safety, especially the cops, and also people walking by — you know, that bullet could have gone anywhere.
The events leading up to the act of heroism all started around 5 a.m. when police got a call that a person was throwing bottles on the street in Harlem. That was where they found suspect Guiteau Idore, 42, alone on the street, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
The suspect’s name has also appeared spelled “Guyteau Idore.”
“The police officers who responded determined that the individual who they located was an emotionally disturbed person,” Kelly said.
When officers got to the scene at 117th Street and Lexington Avenue, they took Idore into custody — planning to bring him to Harlem Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Hernandez was driving the ambulance.
Idore was handcuffed when they arrived at the hospital, Kelly said. But at that point, Idore tried to run but Gomez and a second officer, John Chiodi, caught him, Kelly said.