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A burn victim being treated at the scene of a New Creek house fire Wednesday morning was fatally shot by police after shoving a paramedic, jumping from an ambulance and attempting to disarm a deputy, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim, who was not identified, was shot once by a second officer and pronounced dead at the scene.
“A struggle ensued between both officers and the subject as he continued to try and remove the weapon from its holster,” read a news release issued by the sheriff’s office. “As the subject worked to remove the firearm the second officer fired one round from his duty weapon and struck the subject.”
As sheriff units were responding to the ambulance, the patient shoved a paramedic and jumped from the ambulance and grabbed one of the officers. The patient and officer struggled, and the patient grabbed the officer’s holstered firearm and began to attempt to disarm the officer. A struggle ensued between both officers and the subject as he continued to try to remove the weapon from its holster.
As the subject worked to remove the firearm, the second officer fired one round from his duty weapon and struck the subject.