Charleston SC June 11 2019
A homeless man was able to disarm a hospital security officer and use it against a nurse Saturday according to police.
Police responded to the Roper Hospital after a 911 call asking for immediate assistance.
During the course of the altercation he bit another woman, according to a report from the Charleston Police Department.
Kyle Edward Cahill, 29, who is homeless, was charged with public disorderly conduct and two counts of third-degree assault and battery.
Cahill was committed for a mental evaluation after being arrested.
Police were called to the Roper Hospital emergency room at 6 p.m. Saturday. Hospital staff were trying to restrain Cahill, who was actively engaged in fighting, the police report said.
He was continually spitting and swinging his arms in a violent manner, the report said.
Brian DeRoy, a spokesman for Roper St. Francis, on Monday did not know the condition of the nurse who was injured and said federal law may prohibit him from disclosing that information.
Modern Healthcare reported this year that federal data shows incidents of serious workplace violence were four times more common in the health care sector than in private industry.