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Man critical after being shot by security guard at Virginia hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, January 14, 2016

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The family of a man shot by a security guard at a Lynchburg, Virginia, hospital January 10 has released a statement questioning the hospital's treatment of the situation, according to a report from WDBJ-TV.

According to the report, 28-year-old Jonathan Warner was shot after grabbing the security guard's Taser at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. An attorney for Warner's family said he was shot at least four times and will most likely be paralyzed for the rest of his life if he survives.

The report also says the family accuses the hospital of "grossly and wantonly negligent treatment of a patient who needed prompt care and attention but who instead languished for hours without proper care or treatment."

Also according to the TV station's report, the family was out to dinner when Warner started to show symptoms of anxiety. According to the lawyer, Warner's mother recognized the symptoms as an imbalance in his medication for bipolar disorder and brought him to the hospital. After several hours of waiting at the hospital and a discussion about potential involuntary detention, Warner apparently grabbed the guard's Taser and discharged it, according to the report.

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