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Man charged in hospital shooting

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A 78-year-old man has been charged and arraigned for the shooting at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw earlier this month.

Authorities say Arthur Kickland shot a gun inside the hospital on Oct. 14.

He was charged on four counts of felonious assault, one count of discharging a firearm inside a building and one count of resisting/obstructing a police officer.

Larry Daly, a spokesman for Covenant Healthcare, said on Saturday night Oct. 14 the elderly, male patient became disruptive.

Police said the patient was in bed and wanted to be sat up.

Daly said while staff members tried to calm down the patient, he pulled a handgun from his bag and began waving it around. The staff exited the room and took the other patient with them for safety. Daly said while the room was evacuated, a gunshot was heard. 

No one was hurt. 

A security alert was issued at the Cooper Campus in Saginaw about 11:52 p.m. Oct. 14 and security was called. 

The armed patient stayed in the room behind a closed door, Daly said. 

A heightened security alert was issued about 11:55 p.m. Police arrived at the hospital about 12:02 a.m. on Sunday. Officers entered the room, subdued the patient and secured the weapon.

About 12:47 a.m. the police deemed the patient no longer a threat and an all clear was issued.

“Our EST officers did an outstanding job in utilizing the ballistic shields in this deadly force encounter which allowed them to deploy a taser to resolve the incident.  Their rapid response and tactical actions undoubtedly saved lives,” said Saginaw Police Det. Sgt. Oscar Lopez. 

Covenant said it is extremely thankful no one was hurt in the incident.

Covenant said the patient brought the gun with his overnight bag, which was not searched. The hospital said it is not standard procedure to search bags at the hospital.

The hospital said they are evaluating the entire incident to try to figure out how to make the facility more secure.

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