An emergency services responder was killed in the line of duty after her ambulance was stolen and then used to run her over March 16 in the Bronx, New York (video below).
Yadira Arroyo, 44, was killed after she was run over by her own ambulance while responding to a call, according to reports. Arroyo was a 14-year veteran of FDNY and the mother of five.
The man, identified as Jose Gonzalez, 25, was taken into custody on suspicion of murder, grand larceny, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Arroyo and her emergency services partner, Monique Williams, 31, were alerted that someone was riding on the ambulance's bumper while on a call in the Bronx, reports The New York Times. Arroyo and Williams then got out to investigate the matter when Gonzalez allegedly ran around Arroyo and jumped into the cab.
Gonzalez then backed the ambulance into Williams and Arroyo, striking and trapping Arroyo beneath the wheels. He then drove forward a few yards before crashing into a parked car. Dozens of police officers were called to the scene, and Gonzalez was arrested by off-duty officer Danny McCabe, who happened to be passing by.
A video posted to Twitter captured the chaotic scene as Gonzalez steals the ambulance amid passing traffic around 7 p.m. that evening. Williams and other witnesses rushed to Arroyo's aid.
After police arrived at the scene, Williams left Arroyo and allegedly approached Gonzalez, who was handcuffed to something on the ground, and began striking him. Police then attempted to console Williams.
Arroyo was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead from her injuries, reports the New York Post. An American flag was draped over her body and she was surrounded by FDNY colleagues.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio rushed to the hospital where Arroyo was taken and offered his sympathy, saying Arroyo was "lost in the line of duty, bravely doing her job, encountering the kind of danger our EMTs should not have to confront."
"She started her shift today like every other today, and then a senseless act of violence takes her life," he said.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro offered his condolences and commendations, as well, notes the Daily Mail: "They were acting very bravely. They certainly wanted to continue on their way to the call. This person had no business being in this ambulance."
Gonzalez had been arrested 31 times before the incident, including charges of assault, robbery, and criminal mischief. He was described as mentally and emotionally unstable and had been living in an assistance facility for people battling homelessness.