Baltimore paramedic arrested in alleged patient assault

Fire department suspends worker without pay during investigation

September 15, 2012|By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore City paramedic has been arrested and suspended without pay for allegedly assaulting a patient, authorities said.

Shaun W. White, 31, was arrested Friday night on two counts of second-degree assault stemming from a Sept. 8 incident, court records show.

Fire Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman, said an investigation was launched Friday into the arrest and alleged patient assault. Cartwright had no further information about the alleged assault, the condition of the victim or details surrounding the call that brought White and the victim together.

"There's a lot of information that we need," Cartwright said, adding that White was "immediately" suspended. "The fire department just began investigating into what happened."

Fire union president Rick Hoffman said he "briefly" investigated the case and criticized the administration's swift punishment of White.

"As I stand right now, my member, paramedic Shaun White, did not need to be arrested," Hoffman said.

"My feeling is right now, the fire department shot before taking aim," Hoffman added, "and it's a despicable way to treat our members."

White was arrested on a warrant issued six days after the incident.

Online city records indicate White was hired by the department in 2005. He could not be reached for comment.

ecox@baltsun.com

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