Sacto 9-1-1
February 12, 2012
Suspect in assault on Redding medical personnel arrested

A Cottonwood man who authorities say intentionally rammed his pickup into an occupied ambulance parked at Mercy Medical Center in Redding on Saturday night has been arrested, Redding authorities said today.

Joel Michael Haller was booked into the Shasta County Jail for investigation of attempted murder, police reported in a news statement.

The statement said that shortly after 9 p.m., Haller intentionally accelerated his gray 2003 Toyota Tundra toward the ambulance, ramming it in attempt to kill its occupants - all of them medical personnel.

Officers identified the occupants of the vehicle as a paramedic and an emergency medical technician from Redding and another paramedic from Fortuna.

The Redding EMT was treated at the hospital for back pain. The suspect was treated for minor injuries, police said.

Both vehicles received major damage.

Haller was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

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