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Police fatally shoot a man in a hospital ED

Hospital Safety Insider, June 10, 2009

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Sheriff deputies confronted and killed a man who allegedly threatened officers and staff members at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, CA, on Sunday.
 
The suspect arrived at the hospital with chest pains, and while being treated in the ED, allegedly pulled a knife on nurses and began threatening them, according to the hospital. County sheriff deputies, who were on duty in the facility, responded to a request for help.
 
The suspect allegedly tried to attack a deputy with the knife, prompting the officers to shoot and kill him, according to the sheriff’s office. It was not immediately clear why the suspect became violent.
 
The ED remained closed for about seven hours following the incident. No employees suffered injuries.
 
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