Mobile County Sheriffs were called out to the Waffle House on Grand Bay Boulevard South on a medical call for heart problems before 5 a.m.
When paramedics arrived at the Waffle house and examined the patient, he became disorderly.
The patient said he wanted to go to Providence Hospital but once they arrived, the situation turned hostile.
“Mobile County EMA retrieved a suicidal subject from the counties area,” Rodney Greeley, a captain with Mobile Police, said.
“After arriving at Providence hospital, that subject produced a fire arm and demanded that they forfeit that ambulance,” he added.
The patient led Mobile Police on a slow pursuit west down Airport Boulevard.
Spike strips were used to deflate tires on the ambulance but the heat from the bottom of the vehicle caused a fire.
“The ambulance started to burn. A gunshot was heard, and officers arrived to retrieve the subject from the ambulance and attempt first aid,” Greeley shared.
The attempts were unsuccessful and the patient died at the scene
“It is believed to be a self-inflicted wound. We have no reason to believe otherwise,” Greeley said.
No officers used a firearm or were injured in the pursuit.
The patent’s identity has not been released at this time.