Police taser missing hospital patient in Huntsville who threatened ‘to hurt himself’
By Mark Clairmont / MuskokaTODAILY
HUNTSVILLE — A patient who twice went missing in less than three of hours from hospital here was tasered by police in the downtown after police said he threatened ‘to hurt himself.”
Huntsville OPP say that just before midnight Thursday, a man was reported missing from Huntsville and District Memorial Hospital.
Police called in their canine team, Emergency Response Team (ERT) and an OPP helicopter to search for him.
They also issued an alert seeking help finding him, and received calls from the public.
Just after 6 a.m. Friday, he was located on Meadow Park Drive and returned to the hospital.
The hospital is located at the north end of the town’s Main Street at the intersection of Hwy. 60.
But just before 9 a.m., hospital officials reported him missing again.
The police search team was still in the area and “immediately” located him, Huntsville OPP Const. Lynda Cranney told MuskokaTODAILY this morning.
“The officers located the male on King William Street,” said Cranney.
“The (OPP) members that had assisted in the all night search were still in the area and attended once again,” said a third news release Friday.
“The 42-year-old male from North Bay was threatening to hurt himself and as a result the conducted energy weapon was utilized.
“He was immediately returned back to the HuntsvilleHospital without injury.”
The man was described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with dark hair, full goatee mustache and facial hair and brown eyes.
“He was wearing a blue hospital gown and hospital booties.”
Cranney said it was an “unfortunate” incident involving “mental health.”
And there was no need to call in the SIU, the independent civilian agency that looks at police actions involving death.
She said people who witnessed the tasering took video.
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