Armed patient killed after threatening employee, police at Chambersburg Hospital

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Chambersburg Hospital patient armed with a knife was shot and killed Thursday morning after he threatened a hospital employee and officers, police said.

State police said the patient turned his threats toward the officers after they responded to the hospital around 8 a.m. They said the officers made several attempts to subdue the patient, but he continued to brandish the knife and threaten the officers.

“While it’s unfortunate somebody lost their life, the fact of the matter is there could have been a lot of loss of life,” state police Trooper Robert Hicks said.

The patient’s name was not immediately released.

No other patients, visitors or staff members were injured.

Chambersburg Hospital has a no-weapons policy. A spokesperson said as part of their security procedures they routinely check patients for weapons.

Police said there were several witnesses to the incident.

“This is a hospital. This happened in an area where patients reside, there were a lot of patients, there was a lot of staff working at the time. It was a pretty busy area where this occurred,” Hicks said.

The Franklin County district attorney’s office is involved in the investigation and will determine whether the use of deadly force was justified.

The hospital is operating as normal.

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