2nd Suspect Charged in Ambulance Shooting, Legislation Being Considered

By Max Resnik

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Charges have been filed against a second Fort Wayne man in Sunday’s ambulance shooting, and a State Representative from Fort Wayne is considering legislation to protect first responders in the wake of that shooting.

Charged in the shooting is 23-year-old Dontay Martin. He faces four counts of attempted murder, two counts of criminal recklessness, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a felon or without a license and criminal gang activity.

The incident began Sunday, September 9 close to 3 a.m. when police were called to Piere’s Entertainment Center on St. Joe Road on a report of a stabbing. The man stabbed, 29-year-old Jermaine Loyall, of Fort Wayne, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. His friends and family followed the ambulance in a black Chevrolet Impala.

Also following the ambulance was what police described as a white Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows. According to police, an individual inside the Crown Victoria shot at both the Impala carrying the friends and family of Loyall and the ambulance transporting Loyall. All three passengers inside the Impala were injured. An EMT inside the ambulance was also injured in the shooting.

After a short chase, Allen County police stopped the Crown Victoria on West Jefferson Boulevard and Fairfield Avenue and arrested 18-year-old Jakwan Braster, 27-year-old Alfonso Chappell, 24-year-old Traneilous Jackson and a fourth occupant. The fourth occupant, not originally named and later released, was 23-year-old Dontay Martin.

Jackson was initially charged with aggravated battery, criminal recklessness with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Recently, he was formally charged with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of criminal recklessness, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a felon and criminal gang activity.

In response to the shooting, State Rep. Win Moses (D-81) says he wants to meet with first responders in an effort to gauge what steps the legislature might be able to take to ensure their safety. Moses compares the efforts made by first responders entering dangerous situations to those the Red Cross makes in warzones.

“Fortunately, this was a rare instance of violence in Fort Wayne against EMTs, but across the nation because of gangs and drugs, violence is beginning to increase and the EMTs need to be protected. They’re like the Red Cross in war. They’re like Doctors Without Borders. They help both the assailants and the victims and we have to make sure they’re safe while they’re doing their job.”

Moses says he wants first responders to join him in Indianapolis to share their experiences as he authors a bill that would make improvements to ambulances such as bulletproofing and having first responders wear flak jackets.

“I will, next session, author a bill to have them come down, talk about what they think would make them most safe and see if we can’t find a way to protect them because it’s clear now that we have to do more.”

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, whose employees and ambulance were targeted, do have the capacity to defend themselves but said they would not comment on their safety procedures or any future changes to those procedures at this time.

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