Elderly Patient Dies after Altercation with Security Guards at Hospital

Elderly Patient Dies after Altercation with Security Guards at Hospital

The patient suffered a broken neck during a scuffle with security guards at a D.C. Hospital

A 74-year-old patient suffered a broken neck during an altercation with security guards at a Washington, D.C. hospital and later died, according to a report. Police are investigating the cause.

James E. McBride died two days after a scuffled with two MedStar Washington Hospital Center security guards.

“This has been devastating to the Washington Hospital Center community, our physicians, nurses, staff and including the security personnel,” Dr. Arthur St. Andre said during a Monday news conference. “Our patients and the community trust us to provide excellent, safe and secure care.”

McBride left the hospital without signing out, and when confronted by a nurse, he was turned over to two security guards. A police report says he became non-compliant and struggled.

The security guards were armed but did not use weapons during the incident.

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Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.

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