Arkansas Paramedics Wounded in Shooting, Return Fire and Kill Attacker

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- In the early morning hours of 17 December, at about 4:38 a.m., in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in the 1400 block of West 23rd Avenue, two paramedics had been called to a scene where a 20-year-old woman was complaining of knee pain.

Sunrise would not occur for another two and a half hours. The temperature was a bit below freezing at 25 degrees F. There was almost no wind. It was clear, but the moon had set hours earlier. There is a street light directly across the street.  The scene was set for tragedy.

After arriving, the paramedics learned the situation was a domestic incident.

The temperature might explain why the shirtless young man who approached them had a blanket wrapped around him.  The young man was Kevin Curl, Jr., 22-years-old. The situation escalated and turned deadly in seconds. From THV11.com:

The paramedic said when he told Curl to back up, he walked up to him and pushed him and asked him what he was going to do about it. When Curl pushed him, the paramedic said he defended himself and punched Curl. 

Curl then pulled out a gun and shot him and the other paramedic approximately three times each in the chest, pelvic and abdomen areas. 

“There’s no reason, there’s no lawful reason to attack a paramedic or a medic doing their job,” Wegner said.

One paramedic said when Curl started shooting them, he returned fire and shot Curl. 

Police say Curl was found laying in the kitchen floor West 23rd Ave. residence.

Men do not need to be evil for emotions and hormones to eradicate rational thought and erase societal norms.  First responders are understandably wary of domestic situations.

The case vividly illustrates the first responders’ rational desire to have the means to defend themselves.

There has been a movement over the last decade to remove legal restrictions and liability barriers that prevent first responders from being armed.

Kentucky removed restrictions from suburban firefighters carrying defensive guns in 2012, as part of preemption law. Kansas passed public employee, including the first responder, carry reform in 2016.

A very restrictive first responders Carry bill was passed in West Virginia in 2017. Ohio passed very restrictive first responders carry bill in 2018.

Florida passed a First Responders carry bill in 2019, for physicians and paramedics in support of tactical law enforcement teams.

Texas and South Carolina have come close to passing such bills.

The above bills primarily deal with government employees. More and more paramedics and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are employed by private companies. Some of the private companies are granted area monopolies.

Private companies are often wary of allowing employees to be armed. Lawsuits against companies for a policy of disarming employees are almost never allowed; lawsuits against companies that allow their employees to be armed are assumed to be a serious risk.

This opinion has been pushed by those who want a disarmed society.

Emergency Ambulance Services in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is a private company. Josh Bishop, CED of Emergency Ambulance Services,  was asked if employees were “allowed to be armed”.  From THV11.com:

When asked if the paramedics were allowed to be armed, Bishop said he can’t go into specifics regarding internal policies.

Lawsuits have become a one-way street to redistribute wealth in society. People with few assets are seldom sued. Middle-class people and companies are sued at the slightest hint of a possible payout, even if the event was clearly not their fault. Companies have become adept at structuring themselves so as to protect assets.

Laws that restore the ability of first providers to carry the means to protect themselves usually include immunity from lawsuits if responders are acting reasonably in the performance of their duties.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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Bubb
Bubb
5 months ago

Good report…what a patchwork, needs a cleanup like concealed carry.

Wass
Wass
5 months ago

One of the most dangerous apex predators on the America. scene is someone who is usually unarmed. It’s none other than a tort attorney. As mentioned in this article, they go after any target whom they believe has deep pockets, so they can shamelessly extort. Emergency medical personnel seriously need legislation to give them the same protection from civil liability, when properly performing their duties, as afforded municipal and state police and fire departments.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago

Seems as if “suicide by cop” has now turned into “suicide by medics”. Just another sign that this society is circling the drain. The downward spiral is getting tighter and tighter by the day.

BillyBobTexas
BillyBobTexas
5 months ago

HELL< YES they should ALL be armed and TRAINED. At the cost to the Company or the City. Sending them into those places is about like sending in Social workers into a domestic dispute without armed police standing beside them…..

KDude
KDude
5 months ago

Makes zero sense to have a law that specifically “allows” one sector of the the population to bear arms, while so many others are disallowed. Especially when the letter and sprit of our 2nd Amendment is so clear. I don’t know that corporations even have a right to disallow employees from defending themselves with firearms on the job. It says, shall not be infringed. Makes no distinction between governments or private entities. Maybe in a private residence the owners could stipulate who can and cannot have a firearm. And that certainly would extend to police and other government agents. Otherwise,… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
5 months ago
Reply to  KDude

We have read here about so many incidents where conveinence store clerks and for-hire drivers have been armed, against comoany policy, and used their weapons to dfend their own lives and those of others. Nearly al have lost their jobs in result of this. But even being jobless, I’m certain any one of them would make the same decisioin again. I know I wou;d never take a job requiring me to go about unarmed in public, I regularly ignore “no guns in here” signs at private business, but I know the laws well in the states where I do this.… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
5 months ago
Reply to  KDude

If “corporations” were able to be held blameless for the actions of their employees while on the job then you might see a change in corporate policy in that regard. That is not going to happen. Too many hungry lawyers out there.

Riverwolf
Riverwolf
5 months ago

It is a sad day in this country that someone trying to save lives needs to be armed. But that day is here, and every first responder in every State should be allowed to carry if they wish to, and receive free training if they need it.

TitanWarrior
TitanWarrior
5 months ago

I am very familiar with Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Little Chicago. You better be packin’ heat day and night there.

Steven
Steven
5 months ago

Good

TStheDeplorable
TStheDeplorable
5 months ago

What a damn sad day when EMTs and Paramedics need to be armed. What an even sadder day when the vast majority of fire departments would fire any employee who was armed at work.

Grigori
Grigori
5 months ago

I’m glad this Paramedic was armed and able to defend against the attack. No reason for Emergency personnel to be at the mercy of thugs and trash.