Man claims innocence in ambulance driver's death

Caroline Beck
March 18, 2017

The bystander's video starts with a chaotic scene: An ambulance runs through an intersection in NY, one of its doors open, lights flashing.

Jose Gonzalez was walked between a throng of angry EMTs early Friday as he was led from a police precinct to criminal court to face charges of murder and operating a vehicle high on drugs. When Arroyo went to confront the man, he went around her and got in the driver's seat of the ambulance, Wilcox said. Arroyo, 44, was crushed under the wheels; her partner, Monique Williams, was injured after they tried to get the man off the back of the vehicle, according to the New York Post.

"She was screaming, 'my partner, my partner!' She was screaming hysterically". An MTA police officer, K9 Officer Dan McCade, happened to be driving by and subdued the suspect with the help of some passers by.

But police say he struck and killed Arroyo after a struggle in the cab of her ambulance that knocked her to the ground. The mother of five was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center after the 7 p.m. crime. The man threw the ambulance into reverse, officials said, injuring the second EMT.

Gonzalez, a Bronx resident, was charged with three counts of murder, grand larceny and driving a auto while impaired by drugs, police said.

Police say when they got out to investigate the man jumped in and tried to drive away with the ambulance.

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A passing police officer apprehended the suspect, aged 25, with the help of a bystander.

"Our fire department is certainly no stranger to tragedy", he said.

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NY mayor Bill de Blasio said: "I want to thank those good Samaritans who helped apprehend the perpetrator".

It wasn't immediately clear if Gonzalez had retained an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

"It's a sad night for everybody in the department", he said at a press conference later at the hospital.

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