Police: Patient, 85, shoots hospital nurse

Posted3/3/2010 12:01 AM

DANBURY, Connecticut -- Police say an 85-year-old patient shot and wounded a nursing supervisor in a Connecticut hospital.

They say the nurse suffered non-life-threatening wounds while trying to subdue the patient Tuesday afternoon. They say he was rushed to the emergency unit for treatment.

Police say the man pulled a gun after the nurse went in to treat him and shot the victim three times after he tried to grab the weapon.

The patient shot himself in the leg while being restrained after the attack and has been hospitalized. He faces charges, including first-degree assault and carrying a revolver without a permit. Bond is set at $250,000.

Police have not said why he had a gun in the hospital.

Danbury Hospital is a 12-floor facility with nearly 400 beds and 4,000 employees.