A patient allegedly destroying medical equipment at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the unincorporated West Carson area was shot when he turned his attention toward a deputy Tuesday night, officials said.

Deputies were working a security detail at the medical center when they were alerted to an incident involving a patient at about 11:15 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

The patient was found destroying medical equipment in one of the hospital rooms and then attempted to smash a window with a medical device, according to the news release.

A deputy was assisting medical staff in moving patients when the man, a patient between 30 and 40 years old, turned his attention toward a deputy, the Sheriff’s Department said.

At that point, the deputy opened fire and struck the patient, the department stated.

The patient was immediately treated at the scene and is in critical condition, according to the news release.

The hospital issued a statement later Wednesday confirming that the patient had become agitated. The statement went on to say the patient had tried to enter a room being guarded by deputies when he was shot.

No deputies, patients, or medical personnel were injured in the incident.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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