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Cleveland EMS workers suspended for refusing to help gunshot victim

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 11:33:01-05

A Cleveland Emergency Medical Services dispatcher and supervisor have been suspended for refusing to send an ambulance to a man who was shot 16 times and drove across the city line.

Police say the 22-year-old victim was shot multiple times Jan. 14 with an assault rifle as he was getting into his SUV. The victim managed to drive into Euclid, where he was discovered by a police officer.

Police say Cleveland EMS refused to send an ambulance because he left the city. The Euclid EMS was attending the scene of a fire.

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Officers put him in a police cruiser and took him to Euclid Hospital. The victim survived the shooting.

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A Cleveland spokesman says dispatcher MyLinh Lam and Sgt. Jewel Smith were suspended without pay for one day.