"The medics responded to a call at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Third Street," a news report said, "an area with multiple soup kitchens, shelters and a large segment of the city's homeless population."
Upon arrival the EMTs found an injured adult female who was accompanied by a male. While attending the female's injury, the box knife became agitated and began slashing the two EMTs.
Reports say the knife was in the hand of an unidentified black male, described as 6-foot-2 with a skinny build, when it became agitated.
The emergency workers were hospitalized with slashes to their faces.
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Two Detroit Fire Department medics were attacked and slashed with a weapon about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday while responding to a call in Detroit's Cass Corridor.
Interim Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones visited the Detroit Fire Department employees in the hospital after the incident and prior to lunch Tuesday.
He says they're "upset" but in stable condition, and "they're really concerned about safety."
The medics responded to a call at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Third Street, an area with multiple soup kitchens, shelters and a large segment of the city's homeless population.
Upon arrival, they found a man and woman. The woman had an injured ankle and the medics began tending to her.
"During the assessment, the male subject was upset by the conversation and the details of the assessment and he engaged the male EMT, stabbing and slashing him several times," Joens said. The EMT's partner, who was in the rig, saw the attack and "came to the aid of the male EMT and she was slashed and stabbed several times."
According to WDIV-TV, Channel 4 News, the man became enraged because the EMTs said they would not be taking the woman to the hospital.
While representatives in the Detroit Police Media Relations Department said the weapon hasn't been identified, Channel 4 News said it was a box-cutter blade.
Detroit Police Officer Shanelle Williams said the culprit has not been arrested. He is described as a 6-foot-2 black male with a skinny build. He was wearing a green and white Michigan State Spartans knit hat and a navy-blue pea coat.
Most of the injuries suffered by the medics were to their faces and hands, Jones said. The woman is a 13-year veteran of Detroit EMS, while the man has been employed about two years in Detroit.
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