LAFD firefighter stabbed by patient in hospital

The firefighter is in stable condition with a non life-threatening wound to his arm


LOS ANGELES — A firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department was stabbed by a patient at a hospital Tuesday night.

KTLA reported that the stabbing occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the hospital emergency room while the patient was on a mental health hold.

The patient had been brought to the hospital by paramedics after being picked up at a bus station in downtown Los Angeles for an unknown medical condition. That's when he allegedly pulled a knife out of his sock, stabbed the firefighter and threatened other hospital staff members before being tackled by security guards, according to the report.

The firefighter is in stable condition with a non life-threatening wound to his arm. Two people on the emergency room staff were also injured in the struggle to subdue the patient after the stabbing, according to Pasadena Star News. Their injuries are minor.

The unidentified patient is in custody and is expected to be booked on suspicion of attempted murder.

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