ROCK HILL — Police were forced to use a stun gun on a Rock Hill hospital patient after he tried to attack Piedmont Medical Center staff with a metal thermometer Wednesday.
Officers arrived at the hospital at 9:18 p.m. when hospital staff said a 39-year-old patient ripped out his IV, began bleeding on the floor and tried to use a “sharp metal thermometer” as a weapon, according to a Rock Hill police report.
The officers pulled out their Tasers after they couldn’t calm down the Hickory Grove man, the report states. Instead, the man began threatening the officers’ families.
Officials restrained the man, but he struck one police officer under the chin while he kicked another one on the arm and torso, the report states.
Police used a stun gun on the man’s right calf, allowing hospital staff and police to secure him on a bed with restraints.
Police realized that the man was wanted by the S.C. Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole, the report states.
He was not arrested at the time of the report.