Sept. 29, 2022 By Michael Dorgan – Updated at 5:55 p.m.
A first responder was fatally stabbed in the Ditmars section of Astoria Thursday afternoon — and police have apprehended her alleged attacker after he barricaded himself inside a nearby building.
The victim, 61, an on-duty Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) worker, was stabbed in the neck by a man at the 20th Avenue and 41st Street intersection at around 2:40 p.m., according to police.
Police say the alleged perpetrator fled into a nearby building, located at 40-19 20th Ave.
There are unconfirmed reports that the man was with another woman inside the building which is located on the northwestern corner of the intersection. It was previously occupied by Notes nightclub.
The suspect was later taken into custody.
The EMT worker was transported to Mount Sinai Queens in critical condition, police said. The New York Post and New York Daily News reported that she later died at the hospital.
Video footage posted to the Citizen app showed a heavy police presence at the scene and the front of the building has been cordoned off with police tape.
At least one NYPD helicopter could be seen flying overhead, the footage shows.
It is unclear what led up to the alleged stabbing. The NYPD was unable to provide any further details regarding the incident.
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