The case of two Prince George's County paramedics who have been criticized in connection with their attempts to save the life of a man fatally shot by police will go before the Maryland Commission on Medical Discipline today, according to a commission member.
The paramedics have not been identified by the 10-member board. Some witnesses have said the two stopped giving oxygen to William Robinson of Washington, who was shot by police at the Eastover Shopping Center in Oxon Hill on Oct. 13. Witnesses also said that police officers interfered with the paramedics' attempt to treat Robinson and that the paramedics stopped administering oxygen about 15 minutes before Robinson died. Police have denied that they asked the paramedics to stop giving oxygen to the dying man.
The case was brought to the attention of the commission by the County Fire Department. "This was a routine departmental review," said Capt. Jim Mundy of the Fire Department, who said that the department did not lodge a formal complaint against the paramedics.
The paramedics are licensed in Maryland and could lose their licenses if the board finds that they acted improperly, said Ron Schaeffer, director of the Institute of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School. The commission will not make a decision on the case for several weeks, according to a commission member, who asked not to be named.
The shooting had raised questions earlier, when some witnesses questioned whether Robinson was shooting at police or fleeing from them when he was shot. Prince George's police said an internal investigation showed that Robinson fired a shot at a plainclothes officer in an unmarked car before he was shot and killed.