Sun-Times Media Wire/Chicago Police Department

Woman Arrested After Assaulting Paramedics Who Assisted Her

May 27, 2018 - 3:51 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Latorya Thigpen, 19, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery Sunday after two uniformed Chicago Fire Department paramedics say she hit, scratched and kicked them while they attempted to medically assist her.

About 4 a.m., paramedics were called to the on the 2700 block of West 68th Street for a female seeking medical attention, Chicago Police said. The patient became combative during her treatment, police said, and began fighting the paramedics inside the ambulance.

Thigpen allegedly spat at the paramedics, struck them in the body, face, and head with closed fists, punched them multiple times, kicked and scratched them as they attempted to treat her. Injuries to the victims included scratches, abrasions, bruising and even loss of consciousness due to the blows.

While paramedics were in the 6800 block of South Damen Avenue responding to this call, their ambulance was struck by a bullet, police said. A group of people gathered outside the ambulance and began banging on the windows and doors to get inside, police said. That’s when several shots were fired somewhere outside.

The paramedics drove away with the patient to 69th Street and Bell Avenue, before dropping her off at Holy Cross Hospital, police said. Officers arrived shortly after to a call of gunshots fired in the area, police said. They recovered shell casings and a vehicle related to the shooting.

A bullet hole was discovered in the ambulance, police said. Officers were conducting an investigation.

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