A security officer enters the Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego emergency entrance.
FILE PHOTO – The Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego emergency entrance. Photo by Chris Stone

A prisoner was tased, then restrained at a Hillcrest hospital after reaching for a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy’s gun and managing to fire a shot.

The incident happened at Scripps Mercy Hospital at 4077 Fifth Ave. at around 3:30 p.m., according to Lt. Karen Mullins.

The deputy called for backup and San Diego police, sheriff’s personnel and hospital security staff all responded, Mullins said.

The deputy suffered an unspecified minor injury, she added. Detectives with the Detention Investigations unit were examining the incident.

– City News Service



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