Off-duty paramedics try to help man after shooting

Updated: 04/19/2014 10:12 PM | Created: 04/19/2014 10:10 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Police say they shot 30-year-old Alfred Redwine after he threatened children with a gun according to a 911 call, showed police he had a gun and then fired a shot.

Lapel video shows tension and chaos, but it also shows people on scene who stepped up to help even though they did not have to.

Just after police shot Redwine, friends, family and neighbors start screaming. But out of the crowd of anger also came helping hands.

“He’s getting his card approved, he’s an EMT, let him help,” a woman tells an officer.

The lieutenant on scene hears two of the witnesses have medical training. Some, but not all, Albuquerque Police Department officers are EMT-certified.

The lieutenant talks with the men and it looks like one of them shows him an EMT card. The police union says it is not unheard of for police to let trained medics help before rescue units arrive, especially in such a chaotic situation.

As they rush to help Redwine, the lieutenant talks on his radio.

“Just for the record, we advised that we have some off-duty EMT that are providing medical attention to the subject,” the lieutenant says.

One of the two men says he is an EMT. The other says he has field medic training from the Army. They work with officers.

According to lapel video, sirens wail about eight minutes later as ambulances pull into take over.

Despite people working together and their fast action, Redwine ultimately died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

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