Two Kansas Emergency Workers Killed in Apparent Ambush
Edwardsville, Kan. (AP) -- An emergency medical technician and a paramedic were killed early Saturday in an apparent ambush, authorities said.
Firefighters found the two medics dead at a fire station shortly after midnight, said Eric Dooley, a spokesman for Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust, which serves the Kansas City area of Kansas and Missouri.
Police identified a suspect but no one was in custody, Dooley said Saturday morning. He said he could not release any details about how the medics died, but said it was not a murder-suicide.
The two were the only staffers overnight at the fire station in suburban Edwardsville. Dooley said they had recently returned from a call when they were paged to go on a new assignment.
When they failed to respond and a dispatcher was unable to contact them, firefighters were sent to the fire station, where they found the two medics dead, Dooley said.
Police in Edwardsville and Kansas City, Kan., are conducting a joint investigation, Dooley said.
"Other than having an armed guard on every station all the time, there was nothing we could have done to prevent this," he said.
Dooley identified the victims as emergency medical technician Tye Brown, 33, and paramedic Catherine Malone, 30. They were the first workers with the ambulance service killed in the line of duty.
"They were good hard working employees," Dooley said. "We lost two members of our family last night tragically and unnecessarily."
The station is located in a semi-rural area on the edge of Kansas City, Kan.
"I'm shocked because this is just not that type of a neighborhood," said neighbor Edith Leihsing.