Patient pulls BB gun at Park City Medical Center
A patient at Park City Medical Center was wrestled to the ground on Friday afternoon when he attempted to pull a weapon out of his pants.
The suspect, who is 21 years old and from Illinois, has been preliminarily charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threat and disorderly conduct. Aggravated assault, which is the most serious charge, is a second-degree felony.
According to the Park City Police Department, at around 4 p.m. on Friday, May 27, the man told one of the nurses in the emergency department that he had a gun before attempting to flash a BB gun that was made to resemble a .45 caliber handgun.
Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter said a member of the hospital security and an employee pinned the suspect to the ground and removed the weapon, which was later determined to be fake. Carpenter said the man was "just passing through with his girlfriend" at the time of the incident.
"The security at the hospital did an outstanding job," Carpenter said. "We immediately cleared the area. This is what we have been training for and everyone did exactly as they were expected to do. It was a great response from everyone involved."
The incident prompted a response from area law enforcement agencies, including the Park City Police Department, Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Highway Patrol. A press release said no one was hurt during the melee.
"Though the incident is unfortunate and frightening, Park City Medical Center was prepared, largely due to the training our staff undergoes for a situation like this," the release said. "We regularly participate in drills with both the Park City Police Department and Summit County Sheriff’s Office to prepare us for such an event. Today, those exercises helped ensure a quick, appropriate and safe response."
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