Cape Vincent, NY EMT Shot and Killed In The Line Of Duty
My condolences go out to those involved in this dedicated young man's death both within the fire and ems community and within his own family. The news article below was posted on Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service, Inc.'s website. RIP Brother, I knew you not but feel your loss nonetheless.
ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. ó The New York State Police at Alexandria Bay are investigating a homicide that occurred at approximately 11:58 p.m., January 30, at 114 South Esseltyne Street in Cape Vincent.
The victim, Mark B. Davis, 25 of 172 James St., Cape Vincent, was serving as a volunteer EMT for the Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department, when they responded to the address for a medical emergency. The victim and two other EMTs were at the residence treating Christopher G. Burke, age 25, formerly of Sherrill, N.Y., who now resides at the Esseltyne Street address.
Mr. Burke became agitated and retrieved a high powered rifle from the bedroom of the residence, police said. As the EMTís were retreating from the residence, it is alleged that Burke fired two rounds, one at the victim striking and killing him, they said. The suspect then ran from the residence and was tackled and held down by another EMT who was also at the residence.
Clayton Police Department Officer Robin Pearce was first on the scene and took the suspect into custody with the assistance of Alexandria Bay Officer Jerry Delosh.
EMTs at the scene fervently attempted life saving measures, and continued these efforts during the ambulance transport to the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY where he was pronounced deceased.
After consultation with District Attorney Cindy F. Intschert and Chief Assistant District Attorney Kristyna Mills, the suspect is being arraigned this morning on charges of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
In addition to Clayton and Alexandria Bay Police Departments, Clayton Volunteer Fire Department, Guilfoyle Ambulance Service and Tiers Ambulance Service assisted at the scene, and Cape Vincent Police Department is assisting in the ensuing investigation.