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Tasing Incident at Parkridge Hospital

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UPDATED NOON WEDNESDAY DEC 16TH

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) --  Police have identified the Brainerd man tasered by officers at  Parkridge Hospital before he could be treated. 40-year-old James Mitchell became combative and irrational in the emergency room of Parkridge Hospital after being taken in for treatment.  

Officers were talking with Mitchell when he began speaking irrationally. The officers tried to calm and reassure him when he became combative. CIT officers tasered Mitchell four times before they were able to gain control of him. The first two attempts failed because they didn't penetrate his clothing. Afterward, medical staff from Parkridge administered medication to help calm him. He is currently undergoing mental evaluation.

 Mitchell's condition is currently listed as stable.

WEDNESDAY DEC 16TH

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Eyewitness News has learned that police tased a mental patient at Parkridge Hospital.

 A call came in to police dispatch by the patient's mother that he was having a mental crisis at a home located on Mark Twain Circle in the Brainerd area. Officers took the man to Parkridge when he reportedly became combative and refused treatment.

Officers tased him four times before they could bring the man under control. He was given medication by hospital staff and taken in for evaluation. Police officials say they will release the patient's name once they have talked to his mother.

 

 

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