CHARLESTON, W.Va – Two Kanawha County Paramedics are telling their story about being in an ambulance with a man accused of trying to stab them.
Lauren Sparks and Jonathan Taylor spoke to WCHS-TV about Saturday’s incident.
Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford says deputies had found 27-year-old Richard William Thornton of Parkersburg along a road in Elkview on Saturday.
While being transported to a hospital in Charleston by ambulance, Thornton removed the straps securing him to a cot.
Rutherford says Thorton then pulled out a knife and tried to stab a medic. The driver stopped and both medics left the ambulance, and Thornton chased after them. He was later located at a convenience store.
Taylor credits his training for knowing how to handle the situation.