The Lake County Sheriff confirmed another retired county officer returned fire, killing the patient, identified by the Lake County Coroner as Jamal Williams, 22, of Lansing, Illinois.
UPDATE: There have been new developments since this story was published. Authorities have since reported that the bullet that took the life of Officer Ryan Askew was fired by a colleague who was also trying to subdue the patient. The latest updates can be found here.
CHICAGO (CBS)– A patient fatally shot a retired sheriff’s deputy at Munster Community Hospital early Tuesday morning.READ MORE: Local Businesses Hope For Similar Outcome Of Shoppers For Small Business Saturday
According to Munster police, there was a “physical disturbance” between patient and a staff member in the emergency area of the hospital. Police then responded to a call of shots fired around 1:15 a.m.
As first reported by the Northwest Indiana Times, a psychiatric patient was beating a nurse and two security officers responded. During the ensuing struggle, the patient disarmed and fatally shot a retired Lake County Sheriff’s officer working security at the hospital.
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The retired Sheriff’s Deputy was identified as Ryan Askew, 59, of Crown Point, by the Lake County Coroner. Askew was a 20-year veteran of our department and retired as a commander in 2004. The other officer is 65 years old. He is a 25-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and retired in 2010. He is hospitalized in stable condition.
Chopper 2 over the scene of a fatal shooting at Munster Community Hospital. No threat to public, not an active shooter.
— Audrina Bigos (@AudrinaBigos) June 16, 2020
“Once on scene, officers located two deceased subjects inside of the hospital, both of which had sustained fatal gunshots wounds,” Munster police said in a written release.
The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and the Munster Police Department are investigating.
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This is a developing story.