ENCINO (CNS) – A man who allegedly stabbed a doctor and two nurses at Encino Hospital Medical Center was arrested after barricading inside a room in the hospital for over four hours.
Los Angeles police officers were called at about 3:50 p.m. to the hospital in the 16200 block of Ventura Boulevard on reports of a stabbing, said LAPD Officer Drake Madison.
According to the LAPD, one doctor and two nurses were stabbed. All three were removed from the Encino hospital and taken by ambulance to Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center. That hospital issued a statement confirming they were being treated at the medical center’s Level II Trauma Center, and “all three patients are currently listed in stable condition.”
A large contingent of police and firefighters descended on the scene, including a SWAT team, and amassed in the street outside the hospital. The suspect, identified only as a man, remained barricaded inside the hospital as evening fell, and police evacuated the first floor of the hospital and adjacent offices.
The LAPD confirmed about 8:15 p.m. that SWAT units on the scene managed to apprehend the suspect.
An officer at the scene told reporters that the suspect’s identity was known to authorities, that he has had several previous run-ins with police and has been arrested twice in the past for assaulting police officers. His most recent arrest occurred last year, police said.
The suspect walked into the hospital and was attempting to seek treatment, although the reason was unknown, police added.
No further details were immediately available.