Stray bullet hits paramedic while out on a call in Mitchells Plain

Two Emergency Medical Services paramedics personnel were attacked in Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain, on Tuesday morning.

The Two male EMS paramedics were dispatched to assist a patient, and as they stopped at the patient’s home, a suspect ran towards the ambulance and a stray bullet hit one of the paramedics in his chest. ‘’Fortunately, he was wearing a bullet proof vest which saved his life. There were no injuries, besides the bruising that was left behind in the area where the bullet hit. The paramedic is severely traumatised and has been for counselling. The incident occurred at 03:30 and SAPS was present at the time of the incident,’’ said Communications Officer for Emergency Medical Services & Forensic Pathology Services in the Western Cape, Deanna Bessick.

This is not the paramedic’s first incident. He was previously shot at and stabbed in the back with a knife in the same area where he and his colleagues

‘’ He was wearing his bullet proof vest at that time as well. He is also one of the members of the Tafelsig project consisting of a dedicated vehicle and crew that was implemented more than a year ago. The objective of the project is to service the Beacon Valley and Tafelsig community with an improved service delivery system, with the buy-in from the community,’’

‘’The paramedics are traumatised and will be provided with further counselling during the course of today. The incident has been reported to SAPS,’’ added Bessick.

The Western Cape EMS are appealing to the public to go to the nearest police station should they have any information that could assist with the investigation.


Done By: Mitchum George


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