The woman who was inside an ambulance when an Omaha firefighter was wounded by gunfire Monday was connected to a stolen vehicle, and authorities question whether the epileptic seizure she said she experienced was legitimate, a preliminary investigation suggests.
Justine Dubois, 24, may have been fueling a stolen vehicle at a gas station in the minutes before police and firefighters encountered her, authorities said. No further details were being made available Tuesday night.
Police have not identified the victim, but he is Brock Borhart, according to sources with knowledge of the case.
He was tending to Dubois while his partner, Julianne Moran, drove the ambulance to a hospital, the sources said.
Dubois pulled a handgun on Borhart, who was shot in the abdomen while wresting the gun away from her. Authorities described Borhart's injury as a superficial wound. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
A Sarpy County Court judge in February issued a warrant for Dubois, who did not appear in court on a criminal impersonation charge.
The shooting occurred just after 3 p.m. Monday, when Borhart and Moran were called to the area of 48th and L Streets on a report of a woman having a seizure. They put Dubois in the ambulance and headed for a hospital.
En route, near 42nd and Center Streets, Dubois drew the gun, sources said.
It discharged. Borhart, a paramedic, and Dubois were struck by gunfire. Moran, also a paramedic, indicated via radio that Borhart was in peril, and officers responded. Borhart was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, treated and released Monday evening.
Dubois was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition; authorities on Tuesday said she was in fair condition.
Borhart has been with the Fire Department since 2002 and Moran since 2008.