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Incident at Kingston General Hospital ends peacefully

Multiple Kingston Police vehicles attended KGH on the night of Monday, May 4, 2020 due to a male in the emergency department exhibiting self-injurious behaviour. Police blocked off the emergency entrance to the hospital for several hours. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

An incident that brought a large police presence to Kingston General Hospital (KGH) for several hours ended peacefully with no charges laid, according to Kingston Police.

The incident, which was initially called into police as a weapons offence, took place on Monday, May 4, 2020 beginning at approximately 10:15 p.m. Police responded shortly thereafter, and closed off the emergency entrance to the hospital. All emergency room (ER) traffic, including ambulances, was redirected to the main entrance of KGH during the course of the incident.

According to police, a 35-year-old male within the ER had been exhibiting self-injurious behaviour while holding a knife. Over the course of approximately three hours, police negotiated with the man, eventually deploying a taser to subdue the man. He was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, and held at KGH for a psychological assessment.

No parties were injured during the incident, and no charges were laid, according to Kingston Police.

Police negotiated with the male party for approximately three hours. Photo by First Response Media.
The Emergency entrance to KGH was closed off for several hours, with all in-bound emergency traffic using the main entrance of the hospital. Photo by Lucas Mulder.
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