Patient shot by officer at St. Joseph Medical Center in downtown Houston

By Gianna Caserta - Reporter

HOUSTON - Police are investigating the shooting of a patient by a police officer Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in downtown Houston.

Houston police said two off-duty officers were working an extra job as security at St. Joseph Medical Center when they were called to the eighth floor around 11 a.m. regarding a combative patient.

"When they got up there the patient began struggling with officers. During the struggle, the officers were injured, and one of the officers attempted to deploy his Taser. It had no effect on the patient. He continued to struggle, injuring the officer. That is when his partner discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect," said Kese Smith with the Houston Police Department.

The 26-year-old patient was shot at least once. He is currently in intensive care being treated for the gunshot wound.

Both officers are also being treated at the hospital. Police said they both suffered lacerations to the head and one appears to have a severe concussion.

KPRC 2 spoke with another patient who said she was told she wouldn't be seen by a doctor for hours.

"I was waiting to try and be seen but there is no way to be seen right now. They won't let us in the back," patient Tina Garner said.

St. Joseph said the medical center was never actually closed but portions were on lockdown due to the investigation. They said no one else was injured.

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