Armed Man Goes on Stabbing Spree in Pa. Mental Health Facility

Seven people were injured, including the attacker, in the incident.
Published: November 14, 2016

A man was shot after stabbing several people inside of a Pennsylvania mental health facility Nov. 11.

Seven people were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries following the attack, which ended when police shot the suspect after he refused to drop his gun.

Police say Dustin Johnson, 38, entered the Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health Facility in Homestead and went to the fifth floor, where he became irate and claimed the facility ruined his life.

“[Johnson] just started saying, ‘You ruined my life,’ then he proceeded to stab individuals and assault individuals,” employee C.J. Fulton said.

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Johnson had a long knife and also brandished a gun, which was later determined to be a BB gun.

Local police received several emergency calls and texts from people inside the facility who reported the victims were losing a lot of blood quickly.

Responding officers, aware of the urgent nature of the situation, ordered Johnson to drop his weapons and surrender immediately. Johnson reportedly dropped his knife but not his gun, and at least one officer shot him.

Turtle Creek Valley Executive Director Fran Sheedy Bost said it was a “hostage situation,” according to CBS News.

Johnson was conscious when he was taken to the hospital but the extent of the victims’ injuries is unknown.

It is unclear how Johnson, a discharged patient, entered the secure facility. The facility supports people dealing with behavioral, mental health, substance abuse and developmental issues.

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