Gunman Surrenders After ER Bathroom Standoff

Phoenix Baptist Hospital workers evacuated as police negotiated with suspect

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2013 8:08 AM CST

(Newser) – Workers had to evacuate the emergency room of Phoenix Baptist Hospital this morning after a man pulled a gun on them, setting off a standoff with police. The suspect, described as a man in his 40s, surrendered around 6am, MyFoxPhoenix reports, but not before an hours-long standoff that saw a SWAT team called in to negotiate.

The man was wielding a knife and "acting strangely" when he came into the emergency room at 2am, KPHO reports—police describe him as an "unwanted guest." Police took his knife, but then he pulled a gun from his waistband, pointed it at several people, and then ran and locked himself in the bathroom. There were no patients in the emergency room at the time.

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