Patient Takes Officer Gun, Shoots Several Rounds in Colorado Hospital

Although several shots were fired by the forensic patient during the incident, no one was hit by gunfire.

Patient Takes Officer Gun, Shoots Several Rounds in Colorado Hospital

A man in police custody took an officer’s gun and fired several shots inside UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs, Colo., before fleeing in a stolen vehicle on Nov. 25.

The forensic patient has been identified as Randy Bishop. Just before the shooting, he had been arrested without incident on multiple outstanding warrants after he was involved in a traffic accident, reports the Gazette.

According to local authorities, officers took Bishop to the hospital for a medical check when he ran away from police inside the building, reports KDVR. He was able to grab an officer’s gun after being tackled by the detective and then fired several rounds before fleeing in a silver BMW SUV that he carjacked.

Although no one was hit by the gunfire, the detective received minor injuries during the foot chase.

The ordeal began during a medical procedure.

The hospital was briefly locked down. Additionally, local police surrounded the building.

Bishop has not yet been apprehended, reports CPR.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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