Woman Who Shot Firefighter Takes Plea Deal

The 24-year-old woman accused of shooting a paramedic, and herself, in the back of an ambulance appeared in court Wednesday and plead no contest to charges related to the incident.

Justine Dubois was charged with felony assault, making terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony, possession of a gun by a prohibited person, theft by receiving, and being a fugitive from Sarpy County.

She plead no contest to one count of theft by receiving, use of a weapon to commit a felony, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person and terroristic threats. All are felony charges. The other four charges against her were dismissed.

On July 11 during a jail house interview, Justine Dubois said she wasn't the one who brought the gun into the ambulance.

"He had a gun in his hand," said Dubois.
"Who's he," asked a reporter.
"The EMT dude," she replied.
The reporter said, "So he had a gun. And you saw it. And you started trying to get the gun."
Dubois says, "Yeah."

During her preliminary hearing, Omaha Police homicide detective Oscar Dieguez told a different story from the witness stand.

He says, according to Brock Borhart. the paramedic who was in the back of the ambulance with Dubois, that she first complained about her knees burning. Then pulled her legs up to her chest, rolled on her side away from Borhart, and put her feet on the floor.

He goes on to says that once she got her feet on the floor, she stood up and started to turn around with a gun in her hand. At that point she says "I'm not going to jail today." Borhart immediately grabbed her arm and pushed it up, and the gun went off for the first time.

Then Borhart slips and falls over the gurney, but is able to get back up and continues to struggle with Dubois. This time the gun is aimed at the floor when it goes off for a second time.

Dubois is shot in the leg. Borhart is grazed in the abdomen.

But then, according to Det. Dieguez, Dubois continues to make threats, saying that she has a bomb and will set it off. She also tries to reach for her waistband and says " I have more bullets. I'm gonna shoot you both."

Investigators later recovered the 357 magnum revolver they believe was involved. Officials believe the gun was in a bunched up, blue t-shirt, which was in the waistband of Dubois' shorts she was wearing. Officials said officers at the scene did not remove the t-shirt or check it before placing Dubois into the ambulance.

On July 1, Omaha police were called to 48th and L Street regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim told officers that the suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Justine Dubois, was inside the Dollar General Store.

When officers arrived at the store, they handcuffed Dubois and put her into the back of a cruiser. While inside the cruiser, officers said she start convulsing and appeared to be non-responsive. An ambulance was called and the cuffs were removed before Dubois left for the hospital.

Dubois will be sentenced in January.


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