TWO paramedics made a lucky escape when a man high on drugs fired several shots at them when they tried to help him.
The Ambulance Victoria members were called to a home in Kyabram, 200km north of Melbourne, after reports of a 32-year-old suffering a drug overdose.
"At the house they found a drug-affected male who was acting very strangely," Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria Secretary Steve McGhie said.
"The female paramedic called for police assistance on her radio, and as she did so the man grabbed the male paramedic in a headlock and wrestled with him, causing two fractured ribs.
"They have managed to get out of the house but he has then produced a firearm - believed to be a rifle - at the window and fired four shots at them."
Victoria Police confirmed a man had "barricaded himself in a rear shed with a firearm and fired a number of shots" before surrendering.
"Under the direction of police, he came out and was arrested without further incident and taken into police custody," spokeswoman Creina O'Grady said.
The injured man, aged in his late 30s and who has been a paramedic for 20 years, was taken to Goulburn Valley Health Hospital with rib and chest injuries.
His 25-year-old female colleague, who has been in the job five years, was said to be "very shocked" by the ordeal.
Both have been given two weeks off work and offered counselling.
"It is very concerning for all involved and could have been a lot worse for these two paramedics," Mr McGhie said.
"Once again it highlights how paramedics do go into very, very dangerous and risky situations."
Ambulance Victoria said it hoped the man would be prosecuted with the full force of the law.
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