2 dead in Indiana hospital shooting

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A patient and security officer died Tuesday in a shooting at Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., according to the Chicago Tribune.

Munster police were dispatched to the hospital about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday due to a physical disturbance between a patient and an employee. Two security officers responded to the scene. Police were told prior to arrival that shots had been fired. 

Upon arrival to the patient room, police found that the patient and one security officer sustained fatal gunshot wounds.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reported that a psychiatric patient was assaulting a nurse when the security officers were called into the room.

The hospital said in communication to employees obtained by the Tribune that "a patient on the 4th floor at Community Hospital died from an apparent gunshot wound that occurred in the patient's hospital room following an altercation with security officers, in which a security officer was fatally wounded."

The hospital said it is cooperating with authorities. 

The hospital is offering onsite grief counseling to its employees, according to the report. 

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Editor's Note: This article was updated June 17 at 9:54 a.m. to include new details from the case.

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