Officer shoots bank robbery suspect in Florida hospital for threatening staff with scissors

A suspect charged with robbing a bank was shot by an officer at Ocala (Fla.) Regional Medical Center Thursday after threatening a hospital staff member and an officer with scissors. The suspect was receiving treatment at the hospital at the time of the shooting, WKMG Orlando reports.

The Ocala Police Department said the suspect was being treated for injuries the suspect sustained after being arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a local Bank of America. Officers took the suspect to Ocala Regional Medical Center for treatment around midnight, according to officials.

Authorities said the suspect's handcuffs were removed to take an X-ray. As hospital staff tried to take an X-ray, the suspect attacked a female hospital staff member. The suspect grabbed scissors from an exam room desk and threatened the staff member and an officer with them.

An Ocala police officer then shot the suspect twice when the suspect did not put down the scissors as requested by the officer, according to the report.

The suspect remains hospitalized but is expected to survive, according to WKMG. Authorities said hospital workers involved in the incident suffered minor injuries.     

The suspect will be moved to the Marion County jail once released from the hospital. As a part of standard procedure, Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials will investigate the shooting.  

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