A person has been Tasered after two paramedics had been stabbed in an incident described by an eyewitness as being “like one thing off the TV”.
West Midlands Police mentioned they arrested a person after the incident on Stephens Shut in Wolverhampton at round 12.15pm on Monday, with the witness saying she heard “a blood-curdling scream” after the paramedics went in.
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) mentioned the paramedics, considered a person and a girl, had been handled on the scene earlier than being taken to hospital the place they’re “doing effectively”.
The ambulance service mentioned it had additionally handled a person who was Tasered on the scene.
A male detained on the scene is now serving to police with their inquiries and “might have been struggling a psychological well being disaster”, officers mentioned.
Anita Millard, 65, who lives subsequent door, mentioned a person lived alone on the property, and it had been his aged mom who had first raised issues for his welfare after he didn’t reply the door.
She described how two paramedics arrived, together with two cops, earlier than they managed to realize entry by eradicating a door panel with a screwdriver borrowed from a neighbour.
She mentioned: “The police requested the person’s mom to step again after which the lady paramedic went in, adopted by the opposite medic.
“Then all I heard was a blood-curdling scream.
“He had two knives – I’ve by no means seen something prefer it.”
Mrs Millard, who has lived within the shut for 5 years, added: “The male paramedic then got here backwards out the home and he shouted into his radio ‘assist, assist, we’ve each been stabbed’.
“The man was stood within the porch holding these knives.
“Then the police got here in and shouted ‘Taser’ after which they Tasered him.
“It was like one thing off the TV.”
On the scene, a police cordon was in place whereas the centre panel of the maisonette’s entrance door may very well be seen propped towards the home.
In a press release, WMAS mentioned: “Two members of ambulance service employees have been stabbed after attending a callout to examine on the welfare of a person in Wolverhampton.
“The preliminary name got here by way of at round 12.15pm this lunchtime to an handle in Stephens Shut.
“Shortly after arrival, the crew used their emergency alert to say that that they had been stabbed.
“The 2 members of employees, each paramedics, have been handled on the scene by docs and paramedics and have been taken to hospital for additional remedy.”
Thanking his employees, he added: “They did an unbelievable job in very tough circumstances.”
He mentioned that with out the fast response of the police, he “would most likely have been telling a really completely different story at the moment”.
Giving an replace on the injured medics’ situations, he mentioned: “They (the paramedics) are effectively, they’re within the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham), and they’re doing effectively at this second in time.
“They’re secure, with out critical life-threatening accidents.”
Additionally on the scene, Superintendent Simon Inglis, of West Midlands Police, mentioned: “It’s too early to say intimately, however it’s believed that the gentleman might have been struggling a psychological well being disaster presently.
“There was no wider motive for the assault on the paramedics and no one else locally ought to really feel any worry.”