Sister of Accused Ambulance Shooter Speaks Out

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

Police say her sister stole a car, faked a seizure, and ended up wounding a paramedic and herself in an ambulance. Now Dena Tapia tells Channel Six what she thinks may have been behind her sister’s behavior.

"It's very hard to know that she was struggling that badly.” Tapia described just how tough it’s been for her family over the past couple of days. Her younger sister, Justine Dubois, is in the hospital right now, but under the watchful eyes of police.

While in the ambulance police say Dubois pulled a gun. Tapia said, “She panicked. I know that all she probably thought of was going to jail and she didn’t want to be there and so that’s what she felt she had to do, which is unbelievable.”

Tapia said Dubois has been struggling with a meth addiction for a while and that she also faces charges in another case. All things she believes led to Dubois actions. “When you're on that type of drug, it’s just everything is so serious, you're not thinking right.”

For now Tapia is just glad that her sister and the paramedic are expected to be okay. “We’re so happy that he’s going to be okay and we would like to apologize on behalf of my sister and my family. We are thankful he will be okay, that he's able to go home to his family.”

Tapia says she will be there for her sister and hopes she will now get the help she needs.

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