Ex-paramedic accused of stabbing self; lying to police - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ex-paramedic accused of stabbing self; lying to police

By Bennett Haeberle WDRB-TV Fox 41 News

A former Louisville paramedic accused of stabbing himself and later lying to investigators about the incident entered a not guilty plea Monday morning to three charges.

Joshua Ware, 24, was indicted this month on charges of tampering with physical evidence, falsely reporting an incident and defrauding the city's worker's compensation fund.

The charges stem from a May 28th incident. At the time, Ware told investigators he someone approached him asking for money when he was stabbed while working in Middletown.

Ware was taken to University Hospital where he was treated for a stab wound to the abdomen. Investigators later determined the stab wound was self-inflicted.

When asked by a Fox 41 News reporter to explain what happened, Ware replied: "No comment, thank you."

His attorney, Mike Lawrence, also declined to comment.

What is unclear about the case is the motivation behind the alleged crime.

Commonwealth's attorney Jennifer Wilcox said that would become more clear once evidence is submitted next week.

"It was an alleged attack against a public servant; so they spent a lot of time investigating that and it turned out not to be the case. I can speak more about the facts once I've filed the discovery."

Ware resigned from his position in June. His personnel records show he received written reprimands for tardiness and other violations.

He also received a 29-day suspension for abusing sick time.

Ware cracked a smile as he left the courthouse, forced to ride the elevator with two of his former Metro EMS co-workers who were dispatched on a medical run.

Ware is due back in court on August 31st.

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