Suspect Jailed After Fracas Leads to Report of Shots Fired in Downey Hospital

Suspect Jailed After Fracas Leads to Report of Shots Fired in Downey Hospital

Authorities arrest California hospital patient who pulled a gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A patient waiting for a psychiatric appointment hurled a chair through a window at a Southern California hospital and pulled a gun Tuesday but no shots were fired and the man surrendered peacefully, police and witnesses said.

Jesus Chavez, 34, of Lynwood was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats after the incident that prompted evacuations and a lockdown at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center near Los Angeles.

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Nobody was hurt in the disturbance that began shortly after 11:30 a.m., Downey Police Chief Carl Charles said.

A visitor, Amber Boughner, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram that she was in the psychiatry department waiting room when a patient became agitated because he hadnt been seen for an appointment.

The man yelled that he had been waiting for a half-hour and he needs to see the doctor now, Boughner said.

Jorge Torres said he and about 40 other people sheltered in a lab one a floor below the psychiatric area until police led them out. He said people were especially on edge because it was the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

TV news helicopters showed people calmly walking out of the facility and numerous police vehicles around it.

The man was unarmed when he surrendered without incident a short time later just outside the building, the police chief said. A gun was later found.

Jim Branchick, a Kaiser area manager, said the incident happened in a medical office building, not the hospital proper.

The medical center does active-shooter drills, and personnel followed protocol when the code silver signal for such an event was declared, he said. People went into rooms, closed doors and followed police commands.

Kaiser Permanente said in a statement that hospital officials were cooperating with police and sheriffs investigators. The company directed further inquiries to the law enforcement agencies.

DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a lockdown at a Los Angeles-area hospital (all times local):

Police have identified a man they say caused a disturbance at a Southern California hospital and reportedly pulled a handgun.

Thirty-four-year-old Jesus Chavez of Lynwood was arrested Tuesday for making criminal threats after the incident at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center near Los Angeles.

Police Chief Carl Charles says the man was causing a disturbance inside the hospital and when a security guard came over he threw a chair through a window and pulled a gun.

A visitor, Amber Boughner, tells the Long Beach Press-Telegram that the man was a psychiatric patient who became agitated and demanded to be seen for an appointment.

The police chief says the man was unarmed when he surrendered without incident outside the building. A gun was later found.

Police say a man who caused a disturbance at a Southern California hospital was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered. But police add there’s no evidence that he fired any shots.

Downey Police Chief Carl Charles said Tuesday that nobody was hurt in the incident at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center near Los Angeles.

Charles says the suspect through threw a chair through an office window before pulling out a handgun. The chief says the man was unarmed when he surrendered without incident just outside the building. A gun was later found.

He’s described as a 34-year-old resident of nearby Lynwood. There are unconfirmed reports that he was a patient at the hospital.

A witness says she saw an irate man throw tables through an interior window at a hospital office before a security guard shouted that the man had a gun and the medical center was locked down.

Authorities say a suspect is in custody, and there are injuries following the incident Tuesday at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center near Los Angeles.

Amber Boughner tells KABC-TV the man demanded to be let in the office and kicked walls before hurling the tables. She says she didn’t see a gun or hear gunshots. Boughner says she and others ran to another part of the building and locked themselves in a break room.

Authorities say there are no injuries following reports of a possible active shooter at a Los Angeles-area hospital.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say a suspect is in custody and deputies and police officers are searching Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center on Tuesday.

An employee at a Los Angeles-area hospital says he heard reports there was someone with a weapon before the facility was locked down.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say a suspect is in custody and deputies and police officers are methodically searching Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center.

Officials initially said there was a report of a possible active shooter. It’s unclear if there was actually a shooting.

Employee Edwin Olvera tells The Associated Press that he heard someone might have been robbed outside his office. He says the building is locked down and he’s “never been more afraid.”

Authorities say a suspect has been detained after reports of a possible active shooter at a hospital near Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Tuesday that it’s unclear if there are any victims or any other suspects at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center.

TV helicopters are showing people calmly walking out of the facility and numerous police vehicles around it.


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