The Staten Island EMT tells how he was shot by a patient in the ambulance

A Staten Island paramedic recalled the moment he was shot in the shoulder by a “suicidal” drunk patient on Wednesday night.

Richard McMahon, 25, spoke about his horrifying ordeal while recovering at his home in Shore Acres after being discharged from Richmond University Medical Center on Thursday in an interview with The Post.

McMahon had responded to an 911 call for an unconscious person outside the Funkey Monkey Lounge on Forest Avenue and Llewellyn Place in Port Richmond around 7:40 p.m., officials said.

Thomas McCauley, 37, was on the ground when McMahon examined him and decided he needed medical attention, the EMT said.

“I asked him questions in the back of the ambulance as we drove, you know, medical history,” McMahon explained.

“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 winced,” said McMahon, who said he was only three feet from the suspect.

An ER doctor from Staten Island
Richard McMahon helped what he believed to be a person in need until Thomas McCauley drew a gun on him.
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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 was apprehended with the help of a retired NYPD detective and off-duty Department of Sanitation Lieutenant Joseph Perrone, police said.

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McCauley shot the paramedic from just a yard away.
Kevin Shehan

McMahon said the attack caught him completely off guard, but in hindsight he believes the suicide suspect wanted police to kill him.

“He seemed like your everyday drunk at the bar who just drank too much. He didn’t seem dangerous,” McMahon said.

“But now that I think back and know what he was carrying, I think it was premeditated.

“I think he had a plan. I think he was suicidal and tried to kill himself. I don’t know if he thought I was a cop or something, but I think he had a plan.”

McMahon was caught off guard by the situation but acted quickly before it could go any further.
Kevin Shehan

Police didn’t respond to the first 911 call because it was an “ambulance case,” the NYPD said.

Charges against McCauley were still pending Thursday night, police said.

McMahon, who was cared for by his mother Kathleen and girlfriend Alexa, said the event felt like “a bad dream”.

“I’ve had combative patients before, but none who pulled a gun on the way to the hospital! Unfortunately, it’s the world we live in. There’s a lot more going on than is made public,” he said.

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The EMT believes the suicide suspect wanted the police to kill him.
Kevin Shehan

Perrone, a member of the Department of Sanitation’s environmental police, spoke to The Post at the hospital where he was visiting McMahon before the wounded man was taken home in an ambulance with Rolling Thunder escort.

“I live in the community. I was walking with my family on the corner of Piedmont and Forest when I heard a commotion. I heard the paramedic yell, “He shot my partner! He shot my partner!’” Perrone explained.

The off-duty officer then moved into action to help the retired police officer who had caught up with McCauley, who was “incoherent,” he said.

“I wasn’t handcuffed, but I was helping to subdue him when I noticed the gun. I just had to remove the gun from the situation,” Perrone said.

McMahon had thanked the sanitation worker profusely for coming to his aid during their visit, Perrone told The Post.

“He’s fine. He’s in good spirits. He’s very lucky and he knows he’s very lucky. It could have been a lot worse!” The Staten Island EMT tells how he was shot by a patient in the ambulance


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