Authorities: Kentucky hospital patient shoots nurse in leg

March 20, 2020 GMT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A patient in a Kentucky emergency room became combative and grabbed a security guard’s gun, firing a shot that wounded another guard and a nurse, authorities said.

Police responding to reports of gunfire in the emergency room of The Medical Center at Bowling Green Wednesday night learned that a patient had taken off his hospital gown and was threatening security guards with a stool, The Bowling Green Daily News reported.

Security guards told police they tried to restrain the man, Jeffrey Fields, by pushing him into a wall. Fields, 42, attempted to disarm one security guard and fired his weapon while it was in the guard’s holster, Det. Melissa Wartak wrote in an arrest citation.

“The bullet struck the other security guard and then the nurse where it lodged in her leg,” Wartak added. Officers had to deploy a stun gun on Fields to arrest him, police said.

Fields has been arrested on two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of menacing, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and resisting arrest.

The Daily News story had no details on the conditions of the wounded.