Man fired shotgun in hospital but no one is hit

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Police say a man who fired a shotgun in the emergency room of a Washington state hospital hoped to provoke an officer into killing him.

The blast Saturday didn't hit anyone, but an officer working as a security guard at Sunnyside Community Hospital suffered a cut on his head in the fight to disarm the man.

According to a police statement filed in court, witnesses said the armed man walked into the waiting room and demanded to see a police officer.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports ( ) that the 18-year-old Sunnyside man made a court appearance Monday and was ordered held on $100,000 bail on suspicion of assault.

The affidavit says officers believe the man was trying to put the guard into a situation to fire a fatal shot.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,

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