Armed patient took nurse hostage at VA Hospital

Posted at 12:40 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 14:40:20-05

An armed patient took a nurse hostage at Denver's Veterans Affairs Medical Center Thursday morning.

It happened on the 8th floor of the medical center at 1055 Clermont Street, which is near 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

A man took a female nurse hostage around 8:15 a.m., Nicole Alberico, spokeswoman for the hospital, told Denver7.

Alberico confirmed the suspect is a male patient who had an appointment at the medical center Thursday morning.

The patient had a gun.

"VA police acted quickly, subdued the suspect and the weapon," Alberico said. "Staff and employees reacted quickly, as trained, and were able to keep themselves and other patients out of the scene."

The situation lasted about 15 minutes.

No shots were fired.

The nurse is doing as well as can be expected, Alberico said.

No injuries were reported.


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