St. Joseph Medical Center locked down after shots fired outside

Staff writerJune 2, 2014 

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma was locked down Monday night after police say a man pistol whipped an employee outside the hospital and shots were fired.

The 54-year-old man with the gun and the 56-year-old employee are linked by a woman, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. The alleged gunman is currently dating the woman and the employee is her ex-boyfriend.

The suspect confronted the employee outside the hospital just before 8:30 p.m., pistol whipped him, and the employee managed to get the gun and run into the hospital to call police, Cool said. The weapon fired during the struggle, but no one was hit, and nothing was damaged, she said.

St. Joseph spokesman Scott Thompson confirmed that the man who ran into the hospital was an employee there. The man was treated for minor injuries, Thompson said.

During a lockdown, the hospital shuts down all entrances to the building, and security escorts incoming patients that need to be treated. No patients arrived during the Monday lockdown, Thompson said.

He didn’t immediately know how long the lockdown lasted, but said he received an all-clear message shortly before 10:30 p.m.

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