Po­lice ar­rest man fol­low­ing in­ci­dent at QEH emer­gency room

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

A 29-year-old man was ar­rested af­ter an al­leged as­sault oc­curred in the emer­gency depart­ment at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal in Char­lot­te­town last Fri­day.

Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan said hos­pi­tal staff mem­bers were ex­am­in­ing the man when he be­came ag­i­tated.

“He punched a hole in the wall in one of the ex­am­in­ing room walls, and it was at that point staff left the room and went out into the hall­way,’’ McGuigan said. “The pa­tient then fol­lowed staff and came out into the hall­way. The pa­tient came out­side and grabbed a male staff mem­ber by the neck.’’

The deputy chief said the staff per­son was able to break free. Hos­pi­tal se­cu­rity was called as were city po­lice.

McGuigan said the man did ad­di­tional dam­age to the ex­am­in­ing room by kick­ing a hole in the wall. No one was se­ri­ously in­jured. The ac­cused was re­manded into cus­tody and was sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Tues­day to face charges that in­clude as­sault, dam­age to prop­erty and breach of an un­der­tak­ing.

No one from the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal re­sponded to a re­quest for an in­ter­view for this story.

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