The Latest: Hospital shooting happened in ‘locked-down’ area
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a man in a Las Vegas hospital emergency room (all times local):
An official says the police shooting of a suspect in a last Vegas hospital happened in a “contained and locked-down” part of its emergency department.
University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen declined to describe hospital policies for handling patients in police or jail custody. She cited patient privacy and the police investigation of the shooting.
Police have said the man was shot after he was left alone in a room, took a stun gun from a jail guard’s bag left in his room and pointed it at a hospital security officer and nurse who entered the room.
No one else was injured.
Cohen says emergency room operations were briefly halted after the 4:15 a.m. shooting.
Authorities say a man in police custody inside a Las Vegas hospital was fatally shot by an officer while the man was pointing a stun gun at a nurse.
Police Capt. Kelly McMahill said Monday the unidentified man was taken to the hospital and put in a room in the hospital’s emergency room because he was too incoherent to be admitted into jail after his arrest on a felony arrest warrant.
McMahill says a corrections officer left a bag with the stun gun in it in the room alone with the man.
She says the man pointed the stun gun at a hospital security officer and a nurse when they entered the room.
The security officer fled and got a police officer.
McMahill says the suspect was aiming the stun gun at the nurse when the officer entered and fired one shot, killing the man.
The killing happened about 4:15 a.m. The man was arrested about 11 p.m. Sunday after he was found unconscious near a bus stop.
Las Vegas police say an officer was involved but uninjured in a shooting at a hospital that left another person dead.
The shooting at University Medical Center near downtown Las Vegas happened early Monday.
Police say no officers were hurt but one person is dead.
The entrance to the emergency room and the state’s only Level 1 trauma center was briefly restricted to hospital workers and those seeking care.
Hospital spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the facility as of 7 a.m. was open as usual.
This version corrects in the first item that a hospital security officer, not the jail guard, entered the room when the suspect had a stun gun.