JEMS -- A Cape Vincent, New York man who lived and breathed emergency services was tragically shot and killed by a man he was trying to help Friday night.
Mark Davis, 25, a two-year member of the Cape Vincent Fire Department, was reportedly gunned down by Christopher Burke. Davis and other crew members were attending to Burke when the victim left the room, returning with a rifle, according to news reports.
The crew tried leaving the situation, but two shots rang out, with at least one striking Davis.
"EMTs at the scene fervently attempted life saving measures, and continued these efforts during the ambulance transport to the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y. where he was pronounced deceased," a New York State Police report said. (WWTI Photo Slideshow - News 10 Video)
"Burke became agitated and retrieved a high powered rifle from the bedroom of the residence, police said. As the EMT's were retreating from the residence, it is alleged that Burke fired two rounds, one at the victim striking and killing him," state police said. "The suspect then ran from the residence and was tackled and held down by another EMT who was also at the residence."
Davis was a member or employee of several emergency organizations in the area, WWTI reported in a profile of the victim. He was enrolled in a paramedic program at a local college and worked ful time at an ambulance company in Watertown, New York.
The Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service, where Davis was a volunteer since 2007, posted a tribute to him online Saturday.
"He was one of those guys that EMS was what he lived for," Cape Vincent First Assistant Chief William E. Gould II told the Watertown Times.
Burke was arrested and charged with second degree murder, WYSR reports. He was arraigned Saturday morning.
WWTI reported that police were not yet revealing what type of emergency EMS crews were on the scene for.
Cape Vincent is about 90 miles north of Syracuse, near the Canadian border.