Patient threatens hospital staff with knife; is shot, killed

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 3, 2016 12:57 PM

State police vehicles are stationed at Chambersburg Hospital following an incident on Thursday morning, November 3, 2016.(Photo: Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion)

(Chambersburg) -- State police say a hospital patient was threatening workers with a knife and turned the weapon on responding officers, who shot and killed the man. 

Trooper Robert Hicks says the ordeal started around 8:00 a.m. today at Chambersburg Hospital in Franklin County.

State police responded to reports of an armed patient threatening workers. 

Hicks says officers made several attempts to subdue the patient, who then threatened officers with the knife. 

He says officers then shot and killed the man.  

No one else was hurt.  

The patient wasn't identified.

No other details were immediately available.

According to the Chambersburg Public Opinion, Summit Health released this updated statement:

Thursday morning, shortly after 8 a.m. an unfortunate incident occurred at Chambersburg Hospital.

A patient, armed with a knife, started making threats towards a hospital employee.

The employee followed hospital policy, and was not harmed.

Law enforcement responded to the incident.  The patient threatened the officers, and following several attempts to subdue him, he was shot. The patient is deceased.

We appreciate and commend the immediate response of our staff and local law enforcement for their successful efforts to keep patients, visitors, and staff members safe.

We will in this case, and any case where patient safety is involved, review all aspects of this situation.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the shooting, and Chambersburg Hospital officials are fully cooperating.

No other patients, visitors or staff members were injured in this incident.

Grief counseling has been made available to staff members and patients.

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