Employer of Soaky Mountain Waterpark shooting suspect says she’s on unpaid administrative leave

Tennessee

Sarah Romine, 31, from Knoxville, Tenn. was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. (Photo: Sevierville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — American Medical Response (AMR), an area ambulance company, confirmed Monday that the female shooting suspect believed to be involved in the fatal incident in the Soaky Mountain Waterpark parking lot Saturday night is a Knox County EMT who is currently on unpaid administrative leave pending the shooting investigation.

Sarah Romine, 31, of Knoxville, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while intoxicated after emergency crews responded to a reported shooting at Soaky Mountain Waterpark on July 31. Sevierville police believe Romine shot both victims. 

We have confirmed reports that an EMT from American Medical Response (AMR) Knox County, Sarah Romine, has been arrested on charges unrelated to her employment with AMR. Ms. Romine is on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation. Her leave will remain in effect until the resolution of the investigation by local authorities. Any questions pertaining to this incident must be directed to Sevierville Police Department.

Mike Cohen, spokesperson for AMR

The other suspect believed to be involved in the incident, Joshua Dannels, 30, of Crossville, was also arrested and charged with possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Both Romine and Dannels were taken to the Sevier County Jail for booking.

According to SPD, a Loudon woman, Kelsy Cook, 24, was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar Air Ambulance. She was pronounced dead later in the evening. Another woman also from Loudon was transported to LeConte Medical Center. Her injury appeared to be non-life-threatening, according to investigators.

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