THE dad of a paramedic stabbed on a callout today said she was in the “wrong place at the wrong time”.
Deena Evans, 39, was knifed in the chest along with another male medic as they responded to concerns for welfare at a Wolverhampton home.
Horrified witnesses heard a “blood-curdling scream” after the medics entered a property and said mum-of-three Deena took the brunt of the attack.
West Midlands Police were today praised for stopping the suspected knifeman – Tasering the 52-year-old man and arresting him at the Ashmore Park home.
Ms Evans and the second paramedic are now at the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham in a stable but non-life threatening condition.
And speaking to the Sun today, her dad Richard Owen said: “They’ve said she’s stable and she’s going to be OK.
“From what we know it was just a completely random attack.
“It just seems like she was in the wrong place and the wrong time.”
He said the family would not be able to see Ms Evans due to the hospital’s coronavirus rules but were thankful for the outpouring of support.
Mr Owen added: “We want to thank the police as well, they have been brilliant.
“Our thoughts are also with the other paramedic.
“She absolutely loves her job and helping people. It’s all she’d ever dreamed of doing. We know that she’ll want to get back on the frontline again as soon as she’s able to.”
Just a few months before the attack, Ms Owen had taken to social media to share her love of her work, even during the coronavirus crisis.
She wrote: “We are not immune and are still at risk, yet we risk ourselves coming to treat you, paramedics get sick, paramedics die, and all to treat you.”
The mum added: “Please, from all of us, stay indoors, wash your hands, and keep clapping.”
And locals today recounted their horror as they heard the attack unfold on Stephens Close.
Local resident Anita Millard, 65, said the paramedics arrived with two police officers and forced their way into the home by removing a door panel with a screwdriver.
She said: “The police asked the man’s mother to step back and then the girl paramedic went in, followed by the other medic.
“Then all I heard was a blood-curdling scream.
“He had two knives – I’ve never seen anything like it.”
All I heard was a blood-curdling scream. He had two knives – I’ve never seen anything like it.
Police remain at the scene with a cordon surrounding the house but say it is an “isolated incident”.
West Midlands Ambulance Service were called when the man’s elderly mum became concerned because she had not heard from him all weekend, The Sun understands.
Superintendent Simon Inglis, of West Midlands Police, said: “There were no further injuries to the officers, no further injuries to the gentleman and nobody else was in the property.
“It is too early to say in detail, but it is believed that the gentleman may have been suffering a mental health crisis at this time.”
He added that detectives were not looking for any other suspects.
Shocked witnesses said they saw the pair being carried into ambulances on stretchers.
One resident said: “It was crazy. There were about a dozen police cars and ambulances on the street within minutes.
“I saw one person being led away in an ambulance, it was professionally handled by the emergency services.
“It must have been hard dealing with your own colleagues, I don’t know how you’d keep so calm.”
It was crazy. There were about a dozen police cars and ambulances on the street within minutes
Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, said the paramedics had arrived at the scene five minutes after receiving the concern for welfare report about midday.
He said: “While we gained entry into the property two of my staff members were assaulted and stabbed in the chest area.
“They were quickly dealt with by the police officers who were on scene who were able to protect my staff and themselves by detaining the individual involved.”
And he added his thanks to the police officers who had been at the scene, saying: “Without their help, I probably would have been telling you a very different story today.”
WMAS paramedic Tasha Starkey said she was “disgusted” with the attack on her colleagues.
She tweeted: “Digusted, angry and really upset to read what my colleagues have been through today.
“Sending my love to them and those that attended.”
Another West Midlands paramedic Rob Moore added: “This has made me feel sick.
“Thoughts with the crew to make a swift recovery, and thanks to our @WMPolice colleagues for their actions.
“No one should come to work and suffer such harm. Especially when they’ve come to help people. Speechless.”
This has made me feel sick. Thoughts with the crew to make a swift recovery, and thanks to our @WMPolice colleagues for their actions.
No one should come to work and suffer such harm. Especially when they’ve come to help people.