CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Police say a paramedic was assaulted in Uptown Charlotte by the man she was trying to help.
It happened on the 300 block of East Trade around the transit center just after midnight on Sunday morning.
The police report shows the paramedic was scratched on her neck and then taken to the hospital. Now, NBC Charlotte is learning that assaults on medical professionals happen more often than you might think.
The overnight call for an overdose turned into another call for an assault. The police report shows the paramedic helping also needed help.
Police say John Kristler assaulted the 25 year old paramedic assisting him by scratching the back of her neck and squeezing her arm. Officials tell NBC Charlotte there have been 12 medical professionals assaulted on duty in the past twelve months.
It comes as other first responders are adding new protection on the job. Firefighters in Orlando are using body armor. Charlotte firefighters are now considering the same thing.
Additionally, in South Carolina, a new bill would allow firefighters to carry firearms when responding to emergencies.
The 25 year-old Charlotte paramedic was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Kristler is facing a felony charge for assault with injury to emergency personnel.
NBC Charlotte has learned that the victim is now back on the job.
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