A patient hit a nurse’s foot with a stun gun during a fight in the emergency room of Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, last week.
Officers were called to the emergency room on Saturday where they found Kyle Edward Cahill fighting with nurses and security guards as they tried to restrain him on a bed. Hospital staff said Cahill spat and swung his arms violently toward them. During the altercation, Cahill allegedly grabbed a stun gun from a security guard’s holster and fired it at the nurse’s foot. He also bit another nurse’s elbow.
Cahill was eventually committed by hospital staff for a mental evaluation. He has also been charged with third-degree assault and battery and disorderly conduct. Following the incident, Anthony Jackson, vice president of Roper St. Francis Healthcare, released a statement calling for lawmakers to enact enhanced penalties for violence against healthcare workers.