Saginaw Hospital To Review Policy After Patient Fires Gun, No Injuries

(photo courtesy Covenant Healthcare)

Authorities say no one was hurt after a disruptive patient fired a gun inside his room at Covenant HealthCare’s Cooper campus. Covenant HealthCare spokeswoman Kristen Knoll said the incident began about 11:55 Saturday night.

As a hospital staff member tried to calm the elderly man, he reached into his bag and took out a gun. While  the man was waving the gun around the staff member left and took another patient in the room to a safe location. One gunshot was heard as the man remained behind his closed door.

Police were called and the west side Saginaw medical facility went into a heightened security alert.
Saginaw Police, State Police and Saginaw County Sheriff Department  personnel arrived just after midnight Sunday and secured the area. Officers entered the room with ballistic shields, and subdued the patient using a taser.

The man was not taken into custody. Police will review the incident with Saginaw County prosecutors.  He remains in the hospital with a Covenant security officer present at all times.

Staff members and patients affected by the incident were being assisted through Covenant’s “Second Victim” program. Covenant administrators are reviewing the situation and current policies to determine if any changes need to be made.

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