HOUSTON – A man opened fire on an ambulance crew Wednesday while they were responding to a call in a neighborhood near Alief, officials said.
The incident was reported about 8:45 a.m. on Sela Lane, near the intersection of Kirkwood Road and Corona Lane.
David Pham, 66, will face two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant, according to police.
According to a tweet from Houston Fire Department officials, the crew in ambulance 76 was responding to a medical call in the 12000 block of Sela Lane when the patient pulled out a gun and fired two shots.
“The crew had to wrestle the gun away from the patient,” officials said in the tweet.
After Pham was detained, he claimed that he buried a body in his backyard. "Detectives dug up the back yard of the residence and made no such discovery," police said in a tweet, adding that the statement was "made up."
“Thankfully our firefighters were not injured. This is another example of the unpredictable nature of our business and the dangers firefighters can face. Im proud of their dedication to the wellness of our community and thank God they are safe.” Chief Sam Pena @FireChiefofHFD— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) June 19, 2019
No injuries were reported.
Houston police confirmed Wednesday afternoon that an investigation underway about a half-mile from the shooting scene was connected to their investigation of the shooting.
"(He) kept on saying he needed the FBI and police. Out of nowhere, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a gun and fired shots. Shots fired at the lady ambulance (driver)," the 911 caller said, according to police.