Killed: Yadira Arroyo died after she was run over by her own ambulance.
The freaky incident occurred Thursday evening in the Bronx as two emergency medical technicians were responding to a call and a passing motorist alerted them that a man was riding on their rear bumper.
"Makes sense, the guy just ran over her partner". A K-9 officer aided by several civilians seized the man, the mayor said.
But police say he struck and killed Arroyo after a struggle in the cab of her ambulance that knocked her to the ground.
Overnight, her brothers and sisters of the FDNY saluted as Arroyo's body was removed from Jacobi Medical Center, where hours before they rushed to be with her.
Ms Arroyo's colleague, who was in the passenger seat of the ambulance, was treated at a Bronx hospital for minor injuries.More news: NCAA Tournament Second Round: No. 3 Florida State vs. No
None of the people in the occupied vehicles hit by the stolen ambulance were hurt, authorities said.
Police said Yadira Arroyo, 44, had stopped her ambulance in the Bronx at about 7 p.m. after being alerted that a man was riding on the back bumper of her vehicle.
"She started her shift today like every other day, and then a senseless act of violence takes her life".
"She wasn't just a mother to five, she was a mother to 100 plus people who worked here", said FDNY Lt. George Lampon, who broke into tears a moment later.
"It's a sad night for everyone in the department", Nigro said. He told NBC 4 NY he lived with his mother and his uncle in Arroyo's apartment on Creston Avenue; Montes said his siblings range in age from 7 to 23. The NYPD said that Gonzalez tried to flee on foot, but he was taken into custody by an MTA police officer who was on patrol.
"She was a great mentor; she was a great friend", said Anastasia Ramos, a colleague. One of the EMTs, a woman, was later pronounced dead, they said. Arroyo, a 14-year FDNY veteran, is seen being crushed by the ambulance in a video posted on social media.