A patient being seen at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Bipolar Clinic and Research Program attacked his physician today, stabbing her with a knife during a treatment session according to Boston Police. The incident occurred in an office building nearby the main Mass. General building, where the hospital leases space for the Bipolar Clinic:
After at least one gunshot echoed on the fifth floor, two nurses from [a neighboring] office went to treat the patient, who had apparently been shot in the head by the security guard [...]
“During the course of the stabbing incident, an off-duty security officer who was armed interceded,” [Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis] said.
“He produced a weapon and ordered the suspect to drop the knife. When the suspect did not comply, he shot the suspect.”
The off-duty security officer did not work at the hospital, but thankfully just happened to be in the hallway at the same time the incident occurred.
The police did not release details about the stabbing, nor what the person was being treated for. The police also did not say if the attacker had had a previous history of violence or criminal behavior, which is the most likely predictor of future violence. Bipolar disorder itself is not a predictor of increased criminality or criminal behavior.
The news story noted two previous unrelated violent criminal incidents within the hospital in the past 6 years. For a large teaching hospital that helps to treat the city’s indigent population for health care problems, it could be a lot worse.
Read the full story at The Boston Globe: Patient stabs doctor before being shot by security guard near Mass. General.
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Grohol, J. (2009). Patient Stabs Doctor, Shot Dead at Bipolar Clinic. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 7, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/10/27/patient-stabs-doctor-shot-dead-at-bipolar-clinic/