Hospital officers take on knife-wielding patient at Carilion Roanoke Memorial, officials say

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Carilion Clinic police officers managed to stop a knife-wielding patient before anybody got hurt during a Tuesday afternoon incident.

According to a Carilion Clinic spokesperson, at approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Carilion officers were dispatched to a disturbance on a patient floor in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

A patient armed with a knife reportedly confronted the two officers. However, after the patient became aggressive and threatened the officers, Carilion Clinic says the officers used pepper foam to subdue the patient before returning the patient to his/her room.

The Carilion spokesperson says nobody was hurt over the course of the incident, which is part of an ongoing investigation.

“Patients may act in ways that may be harmful to others. We’re fortunate to have skilled Carilion Clinic police and safety/security officers on site who are trained in de-escalation techniques,” said Carilion Clinic’s spokesperson. “In addition to our police and safety/security officers, all of our staff are committed to protecting our patients, visitors and colleagues from harm. Yesterday was no exception.”

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