Patient fatally shot after killing NW Indiana hospital guard

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A psychiatric patient disarmed and fatally shot a retired police officer at a northwest Indiana hospital early Tuesday before another retired officer working security at the hospital fatally shot the patient, a sheriff said.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 9:21 AM

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A psychiatric patient disarmed and fatally shot a retired police officer at a northwest Indiana hospital early Tuesday before another retired officer working security at the hospital fatally shot the patient, a sheriff said.

The patient was at Community Hospital in Munster when he began beating a nurse about 1 a.m., Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez told The (Northwest Indiana) Times.

“I’m told he was beating the nurse pretty badly,” Martinez said.

Two retired sheriff's officers working security at the hospital responded to the attack and a struggle ensued during which the patient loosened a gun from one officer's gun belt and opened fire, shooting the officer in the arm and causing a fatal wound, the sheriff said.

The other security officer returned fire, killing the patient, Martinez said.

The sheriff said his department was in shock that one of their own retired officers was gone. Martinez said he would not yet identify the slain security officer or the other officer because an investigation was pending, but he said he knew both officers and called them “great guys."

“As a young officer myself, I trained under these guys as a rookie. This is just shocking. Our whole department will be suffering from this loss," he said.

A heavy police presence remained at the hospital Tuesday morning, with a row of about 10 Lake County sheriff’s vehicles in front of the facility.

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