VIDEO: EMS Refuses To Transport Man Shot 16 Times, Police Take Action

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Police were forced to transport a gunshot victim in a police car because Cleveland EMS wouldn't assist them.

​Cleveland, OH – A man who was shot 16 times was rushed to the hospital in the back of a police cruiser on Jan. 14, after Cleveland EMS refused the officers’ pleas to transport the man for emergency medical treatment, police said (video below).

Police bodycam video of the scene showed the officers as they struggled to get help for the dying man.

According to Cleveland Police Department (CPD) reports, Donald Newberry, 22, suffered 16 gunshot wounds as he pulled out of his driveway, CNN reported. He drove himself approximately a quarter of a mile away from his home, before he stopped his vehicle in the town of Euclid.

Newberry, who was shot in Cleveland, had traveled just outside of the city’s limits, which caused the controversy with Cleveland EMS.

Euclid police officers found the seriously wounded man, and requested assistance from the CPD.

Working together, the CPD officers and Euclid Police Department (EPD) officers gave the victim CPR while they waited for an ambulance to arrive, KTRK reported.

The video showed that when police discovered that Euclid EMS was tied up on a house fire on the other side of town, they requested assistance from Cleveland EMS.

"They got EMS coming but they're coming from South Euclid. Can we see if one of our guys can come over here a little faster?" police asked in the bodycam video.

Shockingly, Cleveland EMS refused to assist Newberry because he had traveled just outside their jurisdiction.

"Our EMS won't come," one of the Cleveland officers said in the video. "They won't come because it's in your city. Even though it's our victim, they won't come."

As Newberry begged for help, police scrambled to transport him to the hospital on their own in the back of a police car.

"Notify Euclid we're coming in with a male with gunshot wounds. It's taking too long for EMS to get here," an officer radioed the dispatcher in the video.

They rushed him to Euclid Hospital, which was just two minutes away. He was later transported by helicopter to Cleveland’s Metro Hospital.

Newberry was shot multiple times in the chest, shoulders, knees, right hand, and left foot, police said.

Newberry miraculously survived the attack, and was released from the hospital the weekend of Jan. 27, according to his girlfriend, whose name was not released.

An internal investigation has been launched with regard to Cleveland EMS’s lack of response, City of Cleveland Spokesman Dan Williams told CNN.

According to The Plain Dealer, the Cleveland EMS dispatcher was the one who actually refused to provide assistance.

Records released on Jan. 24 indicated that current EMS policies do not specify how dispatchers should handle cases when a person injured in Cleveland travels outside of city limits.

But dispatch policies do indicate that EMS can dispatch an ambulance at another city’s request, provided an ambulance is free, and that the response time would be 15 minutes or less.

According to CNN, a 2013 Cleveland EMS directive noted 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.”

"If this had happened in Cleveland near the Euclid town line, without question we would have responded," Euclid Fire Chief Chris Haddock told CNN.

“Our protocols are to transport the patient to the closest and most appropriate hospital. Sixteen gunshot wounds would have been a trauma. And we would have transported to the closest most appropriate trauma hospital," Chief Haddock said.

You can see the bodycam of the incident below:

Comments (23)
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Pipkinrahl
Pipkinrahl

someone's going to get a lot of money

MariaHasLEOSon
MariaHasLEOSon

Thanks to the Cleveland police for handling this difficult situation. Glad to know the gunshot victim survived and was released from the hospital. And am pretty sure Cleveland EMS will sort out the snafu with the directive to dispatchers, etc. But will we ever learn what in the world happened to Donald Newberry as he pulled out of his driveway???

bronx163
bronx163

Ems dispatcher should be locked the fuck up. And anybems worker who refused lawful order should be collared too.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 shut the fuck up. The cops don't run EMS.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

flagged

qazwiz
qazwiz

actually, he lived so "no harm, no foul" is civil courts' stand. had he died, or especially if next one dies, then the money tree shakes

gfc1963
gfc1963

@Hi_estComnDenomn Are you saying that the ems people are right? Just because the guy was yards outside the limits they would not help?? It should be a given that they help ANYONE ANYWHERE.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@gfc1963 nope, not what I'm saying. But the cops definitely don't have jurisdiction over EMS.

Mic911
Mic911

30 years in communications I never refused EMS to anyone!! It is not the dispatchers call, they are not on the scene and cannot triage, you go by what is told to you by the caller. When I was a trainer I always told by trainees, never assume, if in doubt tone them out and let those on the scene make the call. They are trained for that just as well, if not better. Jurisdiction of areas should not be a problem, mutual aid exists for a reason. All the LEO's on scene did an outstanding job, the dispatcher should be (my opinion) suspended/retrained or terminated. Policies for dispatch and EMS should be reviewed, probably out dated and needs a review anyway. On a side note I was also a volunteer/part time Firefighter/Advanced EMT in Ohio as well for 15 years, never questioned if I was dispatched to the wrong area, I would advise dispatch that the call is in another jurisdiction (unless we were told it was cover run) and to notify that department, I would continue on, give aid and decide upon what to do when the other agency arrived. Most of the time, they would tell us on the radio "thank you and just send a copy of report to us" .

MedicMills
MedicMills

What great and fast decisions making by the LEO's. In most cases with GSW's there's little more medics can do than right foot therapy aka driving fast. what that guy needs is a surgeon asap.On the other hand what a pathetic excuse for a dispatcher.

bronx163
bronx163

Hi_estComnDenomn
You shut the fuck up commie left wack.
If an officer tellS you or ems to assist, and you dont you will and can be collared.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Probably but surely their own standards should have told them they have to help that victim?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 no I wont. Since when can a cop order me to assist?

bronx163
bronx163

Read the law ignorant socialist. Go live in china.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 "the law" is a pretty big subject. Care to narrow it down for me?

China has many nice areas. You should go, if you've never been outside of your own city limits.

bronx163
bronx163

Then surrender your passport and move.
Ill pay for your oneway ticket. After you surrender your passport and surrender your citizenship as an American. Commie.

Law reads officer acting in his official duties request or oders your aide and you refuse you can be arrested.
So go out and disobey lawful order aee how it worka for you.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 you're right, in my state, I'm liable for up to a $1000 fine. I'll take the fine.

And Im pretty confident you wouldn't pay for my trip to China.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 and I'd take the fine because police are under no obligation to help me, as you've said so yourself. I'd be better off not aiding and thinking they have more important things to track me down for a fine, than to get involved.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

it's the right thing to do you moron.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@pbm4jc so is feeding the homeless and sheltering abandoned animals. What's your point?

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

if you don't get the point, u have no capability to understand.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@pbm4jc I have plenty capability, your metaphor is weak though.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Poor guy


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