Medics Mistakenly Declare Man Dead

Baltimore police say a burglary suspect mistakenly declared dead by medics after he was shot by an officer laid on a convenience store floor for half an hour before anyone noticed he was still alive.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says 51-year-old Michael Quarles was shot early Saturday when he lunged at an officer with a long screwdriver. Guglielmi says the officer thought Quarles had a knife.

Guglielmi says emergency medical technicians pronounced Quarles dead at the scene, then left. But officers noticed about 30 minutes
later that Quarles was moving and called the medics back to the

Quarles was taken to a trauma center and remained in critical condition Monday.

The medics have been reassigned until an investigation is finished.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by C on Aug 3, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    To ME: Are you suggesting coconuts migrate ?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 3, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    The sad part is that he will probably sue and get a wad of money. Who says that crime doesn't pay?
  • by cool guy Location: pitt co on Aug 3, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    I work full-time in EMS and have done so for a number of years now. "T" is right in what he said..I also wish the medics the best, but surely they can count on the worst. While this seems like a horrible and careless error on the medics part, I can bear witness to the fact that MANNNYY times a patient will have such a shallow pulse and respirations that it is literally undetectable without proper equipment such as heart montior, etc etc. Perhaps these poor guys didnt have the proper equipment, it was malfunctioning, or the environment of the crime wasnt sufficient for a correct assestment. Needless to say, that doesnt help the patient now and the fact that he did "have it coming to him" will not help them when they get before their medical review board.
  • by To: ME in NC on Aug 3, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    Monty Python is great!!
  • by chris Location: greenville on Aug 3, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    Oops, shouldn't lunged at the officer for any reason. Maybe Quarles learned a lesson.
  • by chuckles on Aug 3, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    He ask for it so I have no sympathy for him. It is almost funny in a way.
  • by ME Location: NC on Aug 3, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    I'm not dead yet....I feel hhaaapppyyyyy!
  • by T Location: ENC on Aug 3, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    My personal opinion is he probably got a taste of his own medicine, but as a Firefighter/ Medic, we do not have the power, or right, to play god. The real victims are the two medics that pronounced him.There is to much technology today, and simply by putting a heart monitor on this patient,could have saved them their jobs. Believe me, it is a tough thing to provide medical care for someone that has just committed a crime,especially something like burgulary, assault,vehicle collisions when impairment is involved, etc., but we must provide the proper standard of care to everyone. I have had a pistol shoved in my face, been spit on, and I have been verbally assaulted many times, but it's the job I chose. Unfortunately, there is no doubt these two will lose their credentials, and may never get them back. It sucks, because getting EMT, Medic certs. are NOT easy. That being said, I guess it is one less thug off the street. I wish the medics the best, but they should expect the worst.
  • by nra on Aug 3, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    maybe next time he will know better....
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 3, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    That should be standard procedure to let all burglars and robbers lay at least 30 minutes after getting shot to see if they will bleed out and save some tax payer dollars.
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