Paramedic Tackles Gunman

A paramedic who tackled a wheelchair-bound gunman has been hailed a hero.

Garry Perkins was honoured for his bravery by a crown court judge after he and a colleague came face-to-face with the armed man during a routine call-out.

But when they arrived at the house the two paramedics found Ian Wilson, who has no legs, sitting in his wheelchair asking for morphine.

But while Mr Perkins called the man’s GP, he noticed a gun on a radiator.

He said: “We both saw it and looked at each other, then the man produced a gun from down the side of his wheelchair and pointed it at John, smiling.

Myself? I would have either thrown him the drugs and told him to take them all at once – then call out the armed police, or just run.

That the man was in a wheelchair is neither here nor there, you can shoot from a wheelchair as numerous paralympic medal-winners have shown. I've also known wheelchair users who have run quite successful drug dealing businesses.

I particularly like one of the comments left on the site that says,

I have had the dubious 'pleasure' of having met Mr Wilson as a result of my job, and although on the face of it, it is hard to believe that a man with no legs, and confined to his wheelchair could be a threat to anyone,believe me he is a very threatening, aggressive and thoroughly odious little man. Good work from the Paramedics.

Just a snapshot of the sorts of things we can walk into.

Many thanks to the reader who sent me this story.

7 thoughts on “Paramedic Tackles Gunman”

  1. Probably not the same guy then, I know this one has been in the same region for nearly 10 years.We see him every few weeks, but he never travels, and never listens to our advice.

    Waste of space, time, blood and organs.

  2. Morphine? Are you guys even allowed to carry stuff life morphine/diamorphine/fentanyl these days?I heard from someone who works for the local ambulance service (South East but outside London) that non-EMT trained paramedics couldn't even administer diazepam. Is that true?

    I'm curious if you could clear that up for me. No, I do not intend to go robbing ambulances. Just a link to the LAS guidelines that contain the information if you don't want to answer.

    Thank you.

  3. This story is one of the reasons my cynicism knows no bounds.Up until a couple of years ago, we used to gets calls to a legless [literally] male who was in a “collapsed state”. Concerned passers by would call an amb because this gent had – apparently – collapsed from his wheelchair, and was in a state of undress. In reality, he was a nasty sonofabitch, who would remove his clothes, then topple his wheelchair over, in order to expose himself to passing schoolgirls.

    Sorry, but you cannot take anyone or anything for granted – or at face value – these days.

  4. No LAS. This bloke got re-located on a regular basis, due to his “problem”. Of course he could – in theory – have managed to migrate northwards by now. He was going in that general direction (albeit a bit more North London than North England).

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