Paramedic heroes relive Khoo Teck Puat Hospital shooting

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

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.

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