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Officer, suspect killed outside hospital near Binghamton, N.Y.

Hospital Safety Insider, April 2, 2014

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A police officer was shot and killed Monday by an armed suspect while he was responding to a disturbance at a medical center in Johnson City, N.Y.
 
According to TV station WSYR, Officer David Smith, an 18-year veteran of the Johnson City Police Department, responded to a call at Southern Tier Medical Imaging at around 7:30 a.m. An MRI technician at the facility, 43-year-old James Clark, was reportedly acting irrationally. Police say he claimed to have a bomb, grabbed and shook a fellow employee, and kept others from entering the building, the TV station reported.
 
When police arrived, Clark reportedly attacked Smith before he was able to get out of his cruiser, grabbed Smith’s service pistol and shot him three times, fatally wounding him. The TV station reported that Clark then fired his weapon at other responding officers and was shot and killed by officers.
 
WSYR also reported that Clark reportedly has no known history of mental illness and no prior criminal record. The shooting is still under investigation.



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