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S.C. Patient Dies After Altercation with Hospital Security Officer

The patient had been admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the arm.

UPDATE: March 9, 2017: The patient’s death has been determined to be a homicide. Coroner Parks Evans says the patient died from traumatic asphysiation, reports WYFF4.

An investigation is underway after a patient at a South Carolina hospital died following a struggle with security personnel.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Greenville County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of 48-year-old Donald Keith Smith.

Smith was admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital Monday to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to his arm, reports wyff4.com.

At some point during his time in the hospital’s emergency department, state law enforcement officials say Smith became combative and hit a hospital security officer. A struggle ensued and Smith became unresponsive and stopped breathing.

Staff members’ attempts to revive Smith were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at 10:23 a.m.

The Greenville Health System is not releasing further details right now due to patient privacy laws and the ongoing investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

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