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Man shot dead by cop after injuring nurse, patient

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2014    

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A man who reportedly went berserk yesterday, injuring a patient and a nurse at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, before being fatally shot, had no history of mental illness, according to the health minister.

"From all indication the deceased, Donovan Stewart, from the report I have, had no history of any kind of mental illness," said Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, who visited the hospital after the incident, yesterday.

The minister said that a report that Stewart "just started acting strange" was described as "unusual" by family members.

At the same time, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has opened a probe into the shooting of the 38-year-old Clarendon resident, who was an orthopaedic patient at the hospital at the time of the incident.

The bizarre incident occurred about 4:10 yesterday morning after a patient was allegedly heard shouting for "help" and "murder". Persons who rushed to the ward saw the patient on his bed being strangled by Stewart. A nurse who went to the patient's aid was reportedly kicked by Stewart and injured by a Steinmann pin in Stewart's foot. Stewart reportedly removed the surgical pin from his leg and attempted to use it to stab another patient, who had come to help.

Stewart, it was reported, then stabbed the patient he had been strangling after which a policeman who was guarding a prisoner at the hospital intervened and shot Stewart after he refused to drop the surgical pin.

Dr Ferguson, after meeting with traumatised staff and patients at the hospital, advised that arrangements had been made for those affected by the incident to undergo counselling.

The hospital reported that the wounds inflicted by Stewart on the nurse and the patient are not life-threatening.

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