Woman shoots self in head with Police Officer's Gun in South Carolina Hospital
Columbia, SC - A very sad incident occurred last night in the Palmetto State. A woman removed a gun from a Department of Corrections officer and shot herself in the head. The police were at Palmetto Health Hospital in Columbia with an inmate who needed emergency care. When the woman went for the one officer who had a gun and shot herself.
Updated 12:39 p.m.
A patient in the Palmetto Health Richland emergency care area took a revolver from a Department of Corrections officer’s holster and shot herself in the head. She was in critical condition late Tuesday, Columbia police said.
The S.C. Department of Corrections this morning convened a panel to review the shooting and policies that apply to the transfer of inmates from correctional institutions to hospitals.
"Providing a safe and secure environment for the public, agency staff and inmates is the Corrections Department’s top priority, and the agency is closely examining events that transpired before this unfortunate incident. As part of the policy examination, agency staff also will meet today with hospital administrators," a news release from the Department of Corrections said.
No one else was injured in the 7:19 p.m. shooting, which occurred in a hallway in the hospital’s emergency department. The hospital diverted patients to other facilities for about two hours because of the shooting.
Police did not release the woman’s name or say why she had been placed in the emergency department for care.
At no time was the staff in any danger, Columbia police Capt. Thomas Dodson said.
Two corrections officers, one of whom was armed, were with an inmate at the hospital, Dodson said. Dodson said he does not believe the woman knew the inmate.