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. (Read more gunman stories.)

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