Update: Injured Firefighter: "I'm Happy To Be Here"

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Omaha firefighter, shot in the back of an ambulance, spoke out for the first time Wednesday. He told Channel 6 News, "I'm happy to be here."

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 to help Dubois.

Channel 6 News has since learned that investigators believe Dubois was faking the seizure. She was responsive when the medic unit arrived and police said Dubois wanted to be taken to the hospital. Officers didn't replace the handcuffs because, they said, Dubois was being cooperative.

While en route to the hospital, Dubois allegedly pointed a gun at the paramedic riding in the back, Brock Borhart. He told police he yelled "gun" and the ambulance driver, Julianne Moran, pulled over at 42nd and Center and radioed to dispatch "help a firefighter."

According to police reports, there was a struggle over the gun and two shots were fired. Borhart received a superficial wound to his abdomen and Dubois was hit in the leg.

Borhart is an 11-year member of the Omaha Fire Department, as well as, part of the Urban Search and Rescue Team. He and his wife have three children.

At a news conference Wednesday, Borhart said he was filling in as Moran's partner. He said, "My respect for Julianne has gone through the roof. She didn't hesitate to help me. She put herself in harm's way and I'm thankful for that."

Moran is a five-year veteran of the department. She said, "I was assuming the worst... I thought he had been shot and I probably would be too." Moran added that the incident will always be in the back of her mind when she responds to calls; however, both she and Borhart are anxious to return to duty.

Dubois remains hospitalized and has not yet been formally charged.


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