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He Was Shot 16 Times. Ambulance Refused to Transport Him to the Hospital

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A man was shot 16 times as he pulled out of his driveway. He tried to drive himself to get help but only made it about one-quarter of a mile before he had to stop. Local police found him and rendered aid while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. But the man’s nightmare didn’t end there.

The incident took place on January 14, just outside of Cleveland, Ohio’s city limits, in the suburb of Euclid.

Ronald Newberry, 22, was shot 16 times, according to a report by the Cleveland Division of Police. Officers who found Newberry provided assistance, even performing CPR as they waited for an ambulance for the man who was slowly bleeding out along the snowy street.

The law enforcement officers called for EMS, their efforts captured by one of the officer’s body cameras.

Instead of an ambulance arriving quickly on the scene, they encountered a problem. All EMS vehicles from Euclid were assigned to other calls, meaning Newberry would have to wait for an ambulance from another city.

Considering the shooting took place in Cleveland, and Cleveland officers were on site, Cleveland EMS was contacted to render assistance. But, they refused.

“Our EMS won’t come,” said one of the officers. “They won’t come because it’s in your city [Euclid]. Even though it’s our victim, they won’t come.”

Newberry can be heard pleading with officers, repeatedly asking for assistance.

“Please take me to the hospital,” said Newberry. “Please, I’m getting light-headed. I can’t breathe.”

As it was clear that an ambulance wasn’t coming, officers from the Cleveland and Euclid police departments placed Newberry into the patrol car of a Cleveland officer, who drove him to Euclid Hospital, which was two minutes from the scene.

Newberry’s wounds were extensive, including some to the chest, shoulders, and knees, as well as high right hand and left foot. After arriving at Euclid Hospital, he was soon airlifted to Metro Hospital in Cleveland.

According to CNN, Newberry did survive.

Dan Williams, a spokesman for the city of Cleveland, stated that “an internal review is being conducted” regarding the incident.

Additionally, the Cleveland EMS directive, published in November 2013, says that “a unit may travel outside of the City of Cleveland boundaries while transporting a patient to a hospital or while in response to a call.”

Euclid EMS was responding to a house fire at the time of the incident, though Chris Haddock, the Euclid Fire Chief, did comment on the event, saying, “If this had happened in Cleveland near the Euclid town line, without question we would have responded.”

He added, “Our protocols are to transport the patient to the closest and most appropriate hospital. 16 gunshot wounds would have been a trauma. And we would have transported to the closest most appropriate trauma hospital.”