Woman to stand trial in ambulance shooting; police testing gun - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 3:00 am
Woman to stand trial in ambulance shooting; police testing gun

Omaha police detectives are trying to determine where a woman accused of shooting a paramedic may have hidden the weapon before opening fire inside an ambulance.

Tests are being done on the gun Justine Dubois, 24, is accused of using in the July 1 shooting, Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman, said Tuesday.

Detectives will turn over their findings to prosecutors, Pecha said.

Prosecutors say Dubois, of Bellevue, was desperately trying to avoid going to jail, so she faked a seizure, then shot a paramedic in an ambulance that was taking her to a hospital.

Police have said they searched Dubois before placing her in the squad car, but no weapon was found. She may have hidden the gun inside a wadded-up T-shirt that had been tucked inside her waistband, prosecutors said.

Police Officer Oscar Dieguez, who based his testimony Tuesday on interviews with the two paramedics in the ambulance, said Dubois was angry when the paramedics told her they suspected she was faking a seizure.

Dubois told paramedic Brock Borhart, “I'm not going to jail today,” before aiming the revolver at him, Dieguez said. The detective said the gun was fired at least twice, injuring Dubois and Borhart.

A Douglas County judge ruled that Dubois will stand trial for shooting Borhart.

She's been charged with felony assault, making terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony and gun possession by a prohibited person. She also was charged with stealing a car the morning of the shooting.

Dubois didn't testify during the hearing. She was quiet and in a wheelchair as she continues to heal from the gunshot wound to her leg.

Borhart suffered a superficial wound to his abdomen. His partner that day, paramedic Julianne Moran, was driving the ambulance. She was not injured.

Authorities believe Dubois faked the seizure after she had been arrested in connection with the car theft. An ambulance was called.

Dieguez said Dubois was uncuffed before being placed in the ambulance. He said she later unhooked her leg and waist restraint, stood up in the ambulance and pulled out the gun.

Dubois has implied that Borhart was the one who had a gun, a claim the Omaha firefighters union has angrily denied.

Dubois has admitted to dealing drugs in the past.

She said earlier this month during an interview at the Douglas County Jail that she was high on marijuana and methamphetamine at the time of the shooting. She said she stole a car that day because she was tired of walking.

Contact the writer: Maggie O'Brien

maggie.o'brien@owh.com    |   402-444-3100    |  

Maggie is a cops and breaking news reporter for Omaha.com.

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