Police: EMT pulls knife on first responder

Police: EMT pulls knife on first responder
Lee Austin

CARAWAY, AR (KAIT) - A Caraway emergency responder was charged with a felony after an argument Saturday, according to the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

After responding to an emergency Saturday night, Lee Austin, 27, of Caraway pulled a knife on another first responder.

According to the affidavit, Austin is an EMT for Emerson Ambulance.

Detective Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department said Austin pulled the knife after getting into an argument with the first responder.

Rolland said after a probable cause hearing Monday, Austin was charged with aggravated assault.

"The Caraway Police Department is working this case," Rolland said. "The sheriff's office is assisting them in this investigation. It appears that it was basically a verbal argument between the EMT and the first responder that got out of hand."

Rolland said no one was hurt.

According to witness statements, the verbal argument was heated and the first responder felt threatened.

According to Rolland, Austin was given a $1,000 bond.

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