Patient takes state trooper's gun, shoots nurse at Florida hospital

A patient at West Marion Community Hospital in Ocala, Fla., was arrested Saturday after authorities say he took a state trooper's gun and shot a nurse, according to WFTV.

Florida Highway Patrol approached 38-year-old Jason R. Gignac on Saturday as he was walking on I-75. FHP said this was the third time they encountered Mr. Gignac, and he told patrolmen he needed to go to the hospital. Troopers took him to West Marion Community Hospital, according to the report.

When Mr. Gignac was being discharged from the hospital, troopers tried to arrest him for failure to obey a lawful order. A struggle ensued and Mr. Gignac got hold of one of the trooper's guns. Mr. Gignac fired the gun, striking a nurse in the leg, according to FHP. 

Mr. Gignac was arrested and charged with three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, according to the report.

The nurse is in stable condition. Florida Highway Patrol is carrying out an internal review of the incident.

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