OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer shot and wounded a bank robbery suspect who was in custody at a Florida hospital after the man attacked a medical employee, authorities said Thursday.
Ocala acting police chief Rodney Smith told reporters the suspect, who had been arrested earlier, had to be removed from his handcuffs to undergo an X-ray exam late Wednesday night. He attacked a female staff member and grabbed a pair of scissors from a desk, which he used to threaten the medical staff and officer.
The officer fired twice, striking the suspect both times, after the man failed to follow orders, police say.
“The suspect grabbed medical personnel, armed himself with scissors, made threats to the medical personnel and to our officer, which led to the officer actually shooting the suspect,” Smith said in a press conference.
The identities of the officer and suspect have not been released, but Smith said the policeman is a “veteran officer” with more than 25 years in service. He was placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The suspect remains at the Ocala Regional Medical Center where he is being treated for the wounds. Smith said he is expected to live. After being discharged from the hospital, he will be taken to the Marion County Jail. The hospital staff suffered minor injuries.
The shooting erupted before midnight on Wednesday in Ocala, which is north of Orlando. Earlier, police and FBI agents had arrested the man after an investigation into a bank robbery. They took him to the hospital after he complained that he was injured during the arrest.
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