Officer shoots patient in Georgia hospital; GBI investigating

A patient is in critical condition after he was shot by a hospital officer during a confrontation, the GBI said.

The incident happened Tuesday at Navicent Hospital in Milledgeville after Octavius Daniels, who expressed suicidal thoughts at his apartment, was taken to the hospital by Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies, GBI spokesman Bahan Rich said in a news release.

At the hospital, Daniels became combative with two hospital police officers and medical personnel, Rich said. Officials used a Taser on him and restrained him.

“The subject calmed down and became cooperative and the restraints were removed,” Rich said.

However, Daniels became combative again and attempted to disarm one of the officers, the GBI said. Additional attempts to deploy a Taser were unsuccessful, Rich said, and an officer shot Daniels. No officers or hospital staff were injured.

Daniels, 25, was taken to Navicent Hospital in Macon, where he is in critical condition.

The GBI is investigating, which is routine in use-of-force cases.

There have been 95 officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year, according to the GBI. In 2016, the agency investigated 77 officer-involved shootings.

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