Paramedic chased by man with knife in Dartmouth apartment: police

Published on July 7, 2014
Paramedics are seen in this file photo.
The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

DARTMOUTH - A Halifax paramedic found himself in a scary situation Saturday evening when a man he had helped revive pulled a knife and chased him out of a Dartmouth apartment.

Halifax Regional Police say the paramedic was working on an unconscious man inside an apartment in the 200 block of Wyse Road around 6 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Bill Morris said once the man started breathing again he became “very aggressive” and pulled a knife on the paramedic, who called for police assistance.

“If they don’t feel safe they’re going to call, like the general public,” Morris said.

Officers arrived and arrested the man, who is due in Dartmouth provincial court on Monday. He is charged with assault with a weapon, uttering threats and breaching a court order.

“It was handled but it is still concerning, especially for the paramedic,” Morris said Sunday. “Anytime a weapon is pulled on a member of emergency services … it’s very concerning.

“We’re there to help people,” Morris added.

In an email, the spokeswoman for Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia said they are very relieved the paramedic wasn’t hurt but the paramedic occupation, like all first responders, “carries inherent risk.”

Stacey Brown said the paramedic supervisor responded to the call alone, which is common for supervisors on a support unit. EHS workers don’t carry weapons, Brown said, and are trained in “non-violent crisis intervention.”

Brown said if medical communications officers suspect there could be danger on any call, paramedics wait for police before responding but “some situations are unpredictable.”