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Patient in the ER threatens Staff with Knife and later shot by Sheriff’s Deputies – Martinez, CA

Posted Jun 08 2009 10:56pm

One more sign of how tense healthcare is getting.  No word here on why the patient threatened nurses with a knife but obviously the situation was desperate enough for the patient to be shot and killed.  Not too long ago in Long Beach an employee came in and shot 2 individuals and turned the gun on himself.  There have been mixed stories out about why but someone told me along the line somewhere that the tension in Long Beach started over job layoffs, which again I don’t know if if has any truth to it or not, but one person shot was his boss.  BD  image

MARTINEZ — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man in a hospital emergency room after the man threatened medical staff with a knife.

Hospital officials say 47-year-old Paul Hammond arrived early Sunday at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and received treatments for chest pains before pulling a knife on a nurse.

William Walker, health director for Contra Costa County, says the threatened nurse immediately called sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Jimmy Lee says a deputy reported shots fired at just after 2 a.m.

Deputy fatally shoots man in hospital ER | San Francisco Examiner

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