Emergency room patient demands treatment and drugs, threatens doctor with a concealed weapon

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

A woman who was complaining of chest pains in a hospital emergency room demanded treatment and drugs, and threatened the doctor with an unknown, concealed weapon.

On February 23 at about 8:45 p.m., officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to the Riverside County Regional Medical Center on Cactus Avenue in Moreno Valley, regarding a patient in the Emergency Room possibly armed with a gun.

Upon arrival, officers determined there was a woman who was complaining of chest pains who was demanding specific medical treatment and medications.

While the doctor was evaluating her, she handed the doctor paperwork that included her demands for treatment.  In her demands there were statements indicating that she wanted to be killed if she did not receive the treatment and medications she wanted.

No weapon was seen, however she was holding an unknown object to her neck, which was concealed by a shirt.

A deputy assigned to the hospital responded and immediately began negotiating with the woman.  Several other deputies responded to assist with evacuating that area of the emergency room and securing the area.

After negotiating with the woman for about an hour, deputies were able to disarm her.  The hidden weapon was found to be an unloaded pellet gun.

No one was injured during this incident and the Emergency Room was only partially evacuated for about an hour.  The woman was secured at the hospital for medical treatment, and then she will be taken for a mental health evaluation.

Anyone with further information concerning this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Tyson Voss or Sergeant Butch Rasmussen at 951-486-6700.

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Friday, February 24, 2012


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