Video footage shows police officer shooting escaped UPMC hospital patient with a taser

Cellphone footage recorded by multiple bystanders allegedly shows police shooting a female patient who escaped from Pittsburgh-based UPMC Presbyterian Monday with a taser, Pittsburgh's Action News-4 reports.

The cellphone footage reportedly shows the unidentified female patient walking down a street. Witnesses confirmed to Pittsburgh's Action News-4 a University of Pittsburgh police officer fired a stun gun at the woman.

Witnesses said the woman had been running the wrong way down the same street before the footage was taken.

A second cellphone video obtained by the news station shows police handcuffing the woman, who is face down on the sidewalk.

A University of Pittsburgh spokesperson told Pittsburgh's Action News-4, "Our officers did deploy a taser to assist in the apprehension of a person who fled from UPMC Presbyterian. Shortly before that incident, Pitt police assisted city officers with the same individual who had jumped into a pond … in what appeared to be a suicide attempt, after which the individual had been transported to UPMC Presbyterian."

The spokesperson did not comment on whether the university would investigate the incident or the officer's use of force, according to the report.

A spokesperson for UPMC Presbyterian told Becker's Hospital Review Tuesday UPMC Presbyterian police were not involved in the incident.

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