GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Garfield Heights police say a man is in critical condition after being shot in the neck by an off-duty Garfield Heights officer at Marymount Hospital.
Investigators say Cleveland police and paramedics late Wednesday night were taking the man to the psychiatric unit at the hospital.
Police say later the man fought with the Garfield Heights officer and two Cleveland Clinic officers, even grabbing for the Garfield Heights officer’s gun.
Police also say they tried to use a Taser on the man, and eventually he grabbed the Taser. Officers on the scene reported the man then used the Taser on the police there and a nurse.
Ultimately, police say the man charged at the Garfield Heights officer holding the Taser, and that officer fired a shot.
Police say the suspect was hit in the back of the neck, and he was taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center.
The investigation is continuing, and no names have been released.
Marymount Hospital released the following statement Thursday morning:
“Late last night a male was brought into the Marymount Hospital emergency department by Cleveland EMS and became extremely violent. During a struggle, the assailant overcame two officers after being tased and then used the Taser on police and emergency department nurses. He assaulted five personnel, including three police officers (two Cleveland Clinic and one Garfield Hts. police officer) and two emergency department nurses. A Garfield Heights police officer working at the hospital, and among those assaulted, shot the assailant who is currently receiving medical treatment at MetroHealth Medical Center.
No other patients or visitors were involved. Marymount Hospital and its emergency department remains open. Our caregivers have received medical care and are being provided with supportive resources. This matter remains under investigation and we are cooperating fully with the Garfield Height Police Department.”