The deranged, intoxicated patient who allegedly shot a Staten Island paramedic in the back of an ambulance this week has been charged, police officers said on Friday.
Thomas McCauley, 37, was charged late Thursday with assaulting a paramedic and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting of 25-year-old Richard McMahon in the back of an ambulance on Wednesday night, authorities said.
He was led out of the 120th Precinct on Friday morning, police said.
McCauley – described in 911 calls as intoxicated and disorderly – was picked up by emergency workers from Richmond University Medical Center outside the Funkey Monkey Lounge in Port Richmond on Wednesday night, authorities said.
Paramedics, including McMahon, placed McCauley in the back of the ambulance and proceeded to the hospital.
About a mile into the transport, McCauley allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and fired a shot that hit McMahon in the shoulder.
“I asked him questions in the back of the ambulance as we drove, you know, medical history,” McMahon told The Post on Thursday. “I asked if he was on medication and he said he had a mental history. So I asked him if he had suicidal thoughts and he said yes.”
“I wrote down the meds he should have been on and … I looked up and there was a gun pointed straight at me. I heard ‘bang!’ and when the shot came out, I flinched,” said McMahon, adding that he was only three feet from the suspect.
McMahon then yelled, “I’m shot! I was shot!” he told his partner, who pulled to the side of the road.
“As she passed, I pulled the gun out of his hand. I snatched it out of his hands and when she opened the door I was still fighting with him,” the heroic medic said.
McCauley fled the ambulance on foot, but with the help of a retired NYPD detective and off-duty Lt. Joseph Perrone of the Department of Health arrested, police said.
McMahon, whose injuries were not life-threatening, was discharged from Richmond University Medical Center on Thursday.
A .38 caliber revolver was seized at the scene. Police say McCauley was also in possession of a knife and a mace.
In a Facebook post Thursday, the wounded paramedic’s mother said learning how to almost call her son was “the worst call a mother could get.”
“How does my son get SHOT to do his job and help people?” Kathy Rowan McMahon wrote. “He has the biggest heart and compassion for his job and his patients!!”
“Luckily he’ll be fine!”
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