Suspect in custody after stabbing physician, 2 nurses at Los Angeles hospital, police say

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LOS ANGELES — A person who allegedly entered an Encino hospital on Friday and stabbed a physician and two nurses was taken into custody 4 hours later after negotiations failed, officers stated.The stabbing at Encino Hospital Medical Heart occurred round 3:50 p.m., police stated. The suspect was taken into custody round 8 p.m.“We don’t imagine he was both searching for anybody particularly or focusing on a particular particular person,” Los Angeles Police Division Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton stated after the arrest.The person had what gave the impression to be self-inflicted wounds to his arms and was taken to a hospital, Hamilton stated. The knife, which was round 3 to 4 inches lengthy, was recovered, he stated.All three victims had been in steady situation, a spokesperson for Northridge Hospital, which is the place they had been taken, stated Friday night time. Hamilton stated earlier that considered one of them was in crucial situation and was present process surgical procedure.A motive was not clear. The person, who was not recognized, walked into the hospital underneath his personal energy, Hamilton stated.Police who initially arrived on the hospital confined the person to a room within the emergency division, and SWAT negotiators tried to speak with the person, Hamilton stated.SWAT officers ultimately used “specialised tools that they’ve that limits the motion of a suspect” to make the arrest, Hamilton stated. He declined to say what it was, however stated it was not a Taser.Hamilton stated that the person “introduced as a affected person” earlier within the afternoon. He was contained by police in what Hamilton described as a storage-type closet.Sufferers and employees had been evacuated and officers had been stationed contained in the hospital to restrict any potential entry as a precaution, he stated.“Our ideas and prayers are with all concerned,” Elizabeth Nikels, vice chairman of communications for the Prime Healthcare hospital system, stated in a press release earlier.The hospital is a 150-bed medical middle in Encino, which is a part of Los Angeles within the San Fernando Valley.Hamilton stated the person has been involved with LAPD officers up to now, together with arrests on battery on a police officer and resisting arrest within the San Fernando Valley. He was described as in his mid-30s.The incident in Southern California occurred simply days after a gunman opened hearth at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing 4 individuals. In that case, police stated the gunman, who killed himself, was focusing on a physician.Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC Information.Andrew Blankstein is an investigative reporter for NBC Information. He covers the Western United States, specializing in crime, courts and homeland safety. 

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