Police say a former hospital patient caused quite a scene at the Emergency Room on Saturday and was tased while reaching for a loaded gun.
It happened in the parking lot outside the Emergency Room at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
According to an officers report, 46 year old Curtis Williams was treated Friday for a leg injury after a car accident and came back on Saturday night very upset.
While he was in the parking lot honking his horn and screaming, the man’s wife reportedly said to people inside that her husband was going to shoot himself or someone in the hospital if he didn’t get the treatment he wanted, which included narcotics. A woman overheard the conversation and told a hospital security guard who is also an Idaho Falls Police officer.
After a brief struggle where Williams was tased, he was handcuffed and taken to jail.
A loaded 9 millimeter handgun was found under the drivers seat.
Williams is facing multiple charges, including battery on an officer, disturbing the peace, obstructing and resisting, plus a charge for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Captain Ken Brown with the Idaho Falls Police Department says the city has dealt with four suicide calls since Thursday. He says it could be a number of factors, including personal stress over the economy or other issues, cabin fever or other reasons. Brown says it’s their job to protect life and property.
Leadership at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center made this statement Monday afternoon in regards to the incident:
“Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is grateful for our relationship with off-duty Idaho Falls Police Department officers who handle our security. We feel fortunate that a potential incident was averted at the hospital this weekend.”
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