Paramedic heroes relive Khoo Teck Puat Hospital shooting

As paramedics, they were used to saving lives - but not in the way that transpired one evening in June 2015. When the two colleagues went to see what the commotion was in a room near Khoo Teck Puat Hospital's Accident and Emergency section, they found themselves in a struggle with a patient who fired three shots from a revolver, two of which hit a policeman who was trying to stop him from escaping. The Sunday Times reveals the drama, as recounted by the two heroes for the first time.

On June 20, 2015, a man had ​s​​natch​ed​ a police officer’s loaded gun and fired three rounds at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, in an attempt to escape custody. ​Paramedics Prakash Krishnan, 25, and Elfredo Jose Jr Rellita Abasolo, 30, sprung into action.
Paramedics Prakash Krishnan and Elfredo Jose Jr Rellita Abasolo in a posed shot with three "bullet holes". They had thought a patient and a policeman were tussling over a taser when they went to the latter's aid.
Paramedics Prakash Krishnan and Elfredo Jose Jr Rellita Abasolo in a posed shot with three "bullet holes". They had thought a patient and a policeman were tussling over a taser when they went to the latter's aid.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

Paramedics Prakash Krishnan and Elfredo Jose Jr Rellita Abasolo heard things "falling down" from a nearby room, then saw a female nurse running out of it, screaming: "Help! Call security!"

Peering in, they saw a shirtless medical patient wearing leg restraints scuffling with a policeman on the floor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 25, 2018, with the headline ''Bro, it's a real gun, not a taser''. Print Edition | Subscribe