Angry Patient’S Gun Threat Alarms Hospital

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Police cited and released a Pine man Friday after he threatened to pull a non-existent gun at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Staff was reportedly treating the man for injuries he sustained when his vehicle hit an elk days earlier, said Police Chief Don Engler.

At some point, there was a disagreement between the man and hospital staff. The man allegedly stormed out and got in his vehicle. As he drove around the hospital parking lot, he shouted from his window that he had a gun.

When officers arrived, the man was gone, but they quickly traced him to a home in Pine.

The man’s wife told officers the behavior was highly unusual. The man’s primary physician even called police and said, “this was way out of the ordinary.”

“This is a pretty normal kind of guy,” Engler said, adding he had no history of drug abuse. Officers suspect injuries from the accident may have attributed to the man’s actions.

Immediately after officers cited and released the man for disorderly conduct, his wife took him to a Scottsdale hospital for treatment.

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