Man accused of firing at ambulance after shooting mother's boyfriend

4 bullets hit ambulance

Published On: Jun 04 2012 10:48:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 05 2012 04:31:29 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

A man who police said shot his mother's boyfriend and fired four shots at an ambulance as it responded to the scene was arrested Tuesday.

Fire officials said an ambulance crew responded to a shooting at a home on North Super Street and Canal around 9 p.m. Monday.

When the ambulance arrived, they said a man in a car opened fire on the ambulance.

"As the civilian was driving away from the scene, he fired shots at the ambulance. The bullets did strike the back of the ambulance four times," said deputy chief Jerry Wedgeworth with the Houston Fire Department.

Officials said three bullets hit the truck but did not penetrate it. However, a fourth bullet went through the ambulance and hit some of the emergency equipment inside.

Investigators said the crew was still in the cabin of the vehicle, but no one was injured. The man who shot at the ambulance drove away and ditched the car a few blocks away, police said.

Officials said the suspect, Jeremiah Silva, was arrested Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Police said he will be charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.

"He came out, shot some bullets through the house, the front door, went inside and shot my brother in the leg," said the victim's brother.

Fire officials said the injured man was taken by a second ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital. He was listed in stable condition with a bullet wound to the leg.

The incident reminded paramedics of how they put their lives on the line every day.

"Often times, on crimes when there's shootings, stabbings, paramedics and EMTs are the first ones there," said Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.