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Man headed to mental treatment killed after jumping out of moving ambulance


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police have released more information after a man jumped out of a moving ambulance and was struck by a car.

The man was reportedly being transported by ambulance when he suddenly unstrapped his restraints from the gurney, opened the back door and jumped onto I-240 at Highway 385.

The victim was then struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on I-240.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Family identified him as 37-year-old Shaun Brown, a dad, brother, son and friend.

They said he was headed to get the mental help treatment he needed.

The driver of the vehicle, Warren Ricks, was taken into custody for outstanding felony warrants.

“I don’t blame him. I don’t blame him. But who I blame is the healthcare service,” Brown’s sister, Toya Gray, said.

The private ambulance service didn’t answer our questions or return our calls.

Still, family members say brown shouldn’t have been able to break away.

“I feel as a healthcare worker myself that he wasn’t properly cared for because if someone is being restrained, there is no way in the world they should get out of restraints,” Gray said.