Police fatally shoot man in Orlando hospital

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Police fatally shot a 35-year-old man Oct. 1 who claimed he had a gun and threatened to "shoot anyone" inside Orlando (Fla.) Regional Medical Center, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The man, who had been  brought to the hospital via ambulance in the morning for a medical condition, began to make threats to himself and other staff members in the emergency room, Orlando Police Chief John Mina told WESH.

Mr. Mina said the man told hospital staff that he would "shoot anyone who came near him," and said that "it was going to end right here today."

Police negotiators began talking  to the 35-year-old, but ended those talks because patients needed immediate treatment. The man then appeared to reach for a gun in his waistband, and officers shot him, according to news reports.

Turns out the unidentified man did not have a gun, according to the police chief.

Throughout the incident, the hospital's emergency department was on lockdown, and the rest of the hospital continued with normal operations. No one else was injured.

The three officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation of the shooting.

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