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Aberdeen EMS crews locks itself in ambulance during fight

An Aberdeen EMS crew locked itself in its ambulance Tuesday night when it arrived at a call in Perryman and encountered a large fight.

The ambulance was responding for a call of a sick woman in the 400 block of Daugherty Lane around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Richard Gardiner of the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association and Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

When they arrived, the EMS crew reported people were fighting in the road and they "locked themselves in the unit for their own safety," Gardiner said.

After taking shelter in the ambulance, the EMS crew called 911 to report the situation, making note that items, possibly rocks, were being thrown at the ambulance.

More than 30 people were fighting outside the medic unit, according to Gardiner, and the unit was "basically surrounded with people fighting and throwing things at each other and was not safe to leave."

So many people were in the area, he wrote in a message, that the ambulance couldn't get out safety through the crowd without possibly hitting someone.

"So they stayed out, called the police and locked themselves in the unit," Gardiner wrote.

Sheriff's deputies responded and saw no one near the ambulance, Hopkins said. The patient for whom the ambulance had been dispatched was uncooperative and would not speak to police.

Deputies spoke to EMS personnel, who then reported nothing had been thrown at the ambulance and that they locked themselves into the vehicle out of fear of the crowd and fight.

It is unclear whether things were thrown and didn't hit the ambulance, or if the ambulance was targeted by the things being thrown, Hopkins said. Deputies checked the surrounding area and could not find anyone who was involved in the incident, he said.

No report was written because there was no damage, Hopkins said.

The woman was taken to a local hospital, Gardiner said.

No further information was available.

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