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Patient armed with a knife killed by police

Hospital Safety Insider, November 10, 2016

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Last week, a patient at Chambersburg Hospital in Pennsylvania was shot after a violent altercation with hospital staff.


The patient, Dennis Kirk, became agitated and threatened the nurse assigned to his care after demanding to be discharged. Because he was considered a fall risk, Kirk was under constant supervision from the nursing staff. Kirk eventually retrieved two knives from his backpack, forcing the nurse to leave the room and hold the door shut.
 

Police on the scene talked to the patient through the door; upon entering the room, they attempted to subdue the patient with a stun gun, but it had no effect through his thick jacket. Kirk approached one of the officers brandishing the knife in a “stabbing position,” and another officer shot and killed the patient.
The District Attorney determined that the shooting was justified, and Summit health commended the immediate response of staff and local law enforcement for keeping patients, visitors, and staff members safe.
 

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