Skip to comments.Police praise 'heroic' doctor and caseworker who stopped psychiatric patient
Posted on 07/26/2014 1:10:08 AM PDT by dennisw
Police praise 'heroic' doctor and caseworker who stopped psychiatric patient in terrifying close-quarter gunfight after he shot dead their colleague
Richard Plotts, 49, is sedated and under guard after killing Theresa Hunt Patient's intended target may have been Dr Lee Silverman who managed to stop Plotts by shooting at him 10 times Caseworker John D'Alonzo wrestled patient to floor after shooting Plotts has been charged with murder and attempted murder
Hospital policy bars anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on campus, a Mercy Health System spokeswoman said. She otherwise declined to discuss the reports that Silverman was armed at work.
'We remain focused on working with the Delaware County Police Departments to understand fully the details of the event,' said the spokeswoman, Bernice Ho.
Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that 'without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives.'
'Without that firearm, this guy [the patient] could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,' the chief said.
Both guns were recovered from the scene. The exchange of gunfire occurred on the third floor of the Wellness Center at Mercy Fitzgerald, a 204-bed community teaching hospital.
There are no surveillance cameras in the doctor's office or the waiting area outside, and no metal detectors at the entrance, authorities said.
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violent wackos beware. Your doc might be packing
Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Classic hit ‘Shot three times on the ceiling if you want me, twice on the pipes, means the answer is ‘no!’///
That is actually pretty good shooting and a much higher percentage than most you hear about.I would be surprised if either one of them was standing still while he and the Doc were shooting at each other.
Per media reports, the doctor was already hit twice before he was able to get to his pistol and open fire. Once to the thumb and once to the temple.
Dunno, I think the doctor did pretty damn good for someone who got his bell rung by a bullet. Bet he was seeing double when he opened fire.
It’s a good thing for the doc that this happened in PA. If it was in one of the gun-hell states, he’d be up on charges, and his license would be in jeopardy.
I heard the local sheriff on the radio. Said he thought the perp was hit three times but investigation is ongoing.
First reports are almost always wrong. Newspaper articles are almost always wrong.
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