A man who was breaking medical equipment inside a room at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance was in critical condition Wednesday after being shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.
Deputies from the South Los Angeles Station were working a security detail at the hospital when they were alerted at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday that the patient was breaking equipment and tried to smash a window with a metal medical device, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The hospital is located at 1000 W. Carson St.
A deputy was helping hospital staff move patients to safety when the suspect, a man between 30 and 40, turned his attention to the deputy and he was shot, the department said.
The patient was struck at least once and was immediately treated on scene. He was listed in critical condition, the LASD said. No deputies, patients or medical staff were injured.
“The hospital confirms that last night a patient admitted to the hospital became agitated on the medical unit where he was being treated for injuries sustained prior to admission,” the medical center said in a statement Wednesday.
“The patient left his room and tried to enter the room of a nearby patient that was being guarded by sheriff’s deputies. The patient became aggressive and was subsequently shot by the deputies. The patient is in critical condition and receiving further care in the hospital. No other patients or employees were harmed and the hospital is operating under normal circumstances. The hospital continues to work with law enforcement on the investigation into this incident.”