Florida Man Arrested For Hoax 911 Call, Then Opening Fire on Responding Paramedics

Photo Source: Sarasota Police via ABC Action News

SARASOTA, Florida — Tyran Young, 32, of 3011 Goodrich Avenue, Sarasota, is facing multiple felony charges in connection to a shooting that occurred in January 2019.

On January 7, 2019, around 4 a.m., Sarasota Police Officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of Goodrich Avenue, Sarasota, after paramedics with the Sarasota County Fire Department (SCFD) reported being shot at during a call.

Paramedics were dispatched to 2932 Goodrich Avenue, Sarasota, for an individual who said he had fallen. The 911 call was an automated voice that stated “Help, I need help. My address is 2932 Goodrich Avenue Sarasota Florida 34234. Please send help, I fell really hard.”

When paramedics arrived, they were told by the resident at the address that they did not call. When they returned to their ambulance and closed the door, an unknown person, now identified as Young, fired several shots at the ambulance, striking the front driver door at least twice. Both paramedics were able to get away safely and no one was injured.

Sarasota Police

Sarasota Police Detectives developed probable cause for arrest after information found on Young’s cell phone showed searches for “text talk message help me I fell and I can’t move my address is 2932 Goodrich Avenue Sarasota Florida 34234 send help please talk text.”

Detectives also determined Young made a previous false medical call which sent SCFD to 3009 Goodrich Avenue in November 2018. The false medical call was similar to this case, featuring an automated repeating message about a person who had fallen. Detectives believe the November 2018 incident was a “dry run” for the January 2019 incident.

“The men and women of the Sarasota Police Department worked diligently and efficiently to find the person responsible for trying to harm one of our fellow first responders,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “This arrest brings closure and justice to first responders who risk their lives every single day to protect our community and society. The person responsible for putting fear into our city is behind bars and justice will now be served,” said Chief DiPino.

Young was served with paperwork this evening while at the Sarasota County Jail being held on unrelated charges.

Young is facing charges of:

2 counts of Aggravated Assault on a Firefighter (felony)
Shooting into a Vehicle (felony)
Unlawful use of a Two-Way Communication Device (felony)
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (felony)
Young is a five-time convicted felon in the state of Florida
Misuse of 911 (misdemeanor)

Young remains at the Sarasota County Jail.

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