The woman accused of shooting a paramedic in the back of an ambulance while on the way to the hospital says she didn't do it.
Twenty-four-year-old Justine Dubois addressed the media Thursday from jail. She is in a wheelchair because of a gunshot would to her knee. She says she doesn't know where the gun came from, and she didn't shoot the paramedic. She claims the gun went off while the two were struggling.
"I want to set the record straight, because I'm not the one who [expetive] shot him," Dubois said. "I'm not the one who had a gun. How could I have a gun? Why would I shoot somebody who is trying to help me? And how would I have a gun if I was already in a squad car searched and everything?"
Dubois is being held on $750,000 bond while facing multiple charges including felony assault, possession of a gun by a prohibited person, theft by receiving and being a fugitive from Sarpy County.
Her preliminary hearing is set for July 30th.
During the interview she did admit to selling drugs, including meth, for most of her life.
On July 1, police were called to 48th and L Streets to investigate a stolen vehicle. Its owner told officers the suspect was inside a store. Officers arrested and handcuffed the suspect, Dubois. During Thursday's interview she admitted to stealing the car.
She was searched and was placed in the backseat of a police car. While in the cruiser, Dubois appeared to be having a seizure. Police called for a medic unit and removed the handcuffs due to her apparent medical distress.
The ambulance arrived and Dubois was checked. Her vital signs were normal so she was asked if she wanted to be taken to the hospital. She said she did so Dubois was placed in the rescue squad without handcuffs as both police and paramedics didn’t think she was a threat as she was being cooperative.
While en route to the Nebraska Medical Center, police say Dubois unbuckled herself from the gurney, stood up and pointed a gun at the paramedic, who yelled “gun.” A struggle ensued and two shots were fired as the driver was in the process of pulling over to the side of the road at 42nd and Center. A “help a firefighter, shots fired” call went out over the radio.
The paramedic suffered a superficial wound to his abdomen.