Paramedic injured during Titusville standoff with shots fired - FOX 35 News Orlando

Paramedic injured during Titusville standoff with shots fired

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TITUSVILLE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

An elderly man fired at officers during a five-hour standoff in which a paramedic was hurt Wednesday night, police say.

Fred D. Banks is facing aggravated assault and firearms charges.

When authorities arrived at the home on the 1000 block of West Street in Titusville just after 8:30 p.m. and no one answered the door, they decided to go in.

Rescuers say they were in the process of breaking into a window to open the door, when police say Banks fired a shot.

A cousin of Banks', Ruby Strong, called 911.

"He was in here with the house locked up. We couldn't get in," Strong said.

She was right outside the home and fell down. Officers quickly picked her up and took cover behind a car.

"The police had all of us come here and made us lay down here, so the bullet wouldn't hit us if he was shooting this way," Strong said.

Banks surrendered to authorities at about 1:35 a.m., police said.

Authorities said a paramedic who has been with Brevard County Fire Rescue for 12 years was hurt. He was injured on his right hand but expected to be OK. It's not clear whether he was struck by a bullet or was injured while fleeing the home. The fire department says the paramedic will return to work tomorrow.

Said Strong of Banks, her cousin: "We knew that he was sick, but we didn't know to that extreme. But we found out. All these years... that was not the Fred we know."

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