He choked up as he said she was like a mother figure to everyone at the station. The man was known to the police because they have had numerous encounters with him as an emotionally disturbed person, they said.
In a twist, authorities said he lived on the same block as the Fire Department Emergency Medical Services technician he is accused of killing, Yadira Arroyo.
At a press conference late Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Arroyo was "lost in the line of duty. bravely doing her job". The eldest is 24 and the youngest is 7 and lives in CT with his dad.
The mayor said he spoke to some family members, adding that they were going through "unspeakable grief". Police have arrested a suspect on murder charges. The 25-year-old told reporters he did nothing wrong. "I'm innocent", Gonzalez said as he walked by.
"She was screaming, 'my partner, my partner!' She was screaming hysterically".
Police say he slammed into some parked cars before hitting a snowbank. Arroyo and her partner pulled over, Arroyo came out and left the door open.More news: Switch Reportedly so Popular Nintendo Has to Double Production
An EMT was killed and his partner is in critical condition after they were run over by their own ambulance which was stolen.
It wasn't immediately clear if Gonzalez had retained an attorney who could comment on the allegations.
Arroyo and her partner tried to stop him and he put the ambulance in reverse; Arroyo fell to the ground and Gonzalez allegedly drove over her.
I'm at Jacobi Medical Center where two New York City Fire Department (FDNY) EMTs were taken after they were injured serving our city.
A 14-year EMT veteran, she had her ambulance stolen from her around 7:10 last night in the Soundview area of the Bronx after noticing someone riding its bumper.
"The auto ran over her, and you could see it hop", said music producer SwavyJayBeats, who was being driven home when he started videotaping the runaway ambulance. "This person in turn went around the other side of the ambulance and got into the driver's side".