Police kill man claiming to have gun at Orlando hospital

Patient threatened to shoot anyone who approached him, police say

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ORLANDO – Orlando police on Monday shot and killed a man who claimed to have a gun at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Police Chief John Mina said.

Three officers shot the man, whose name has not been released, when he made reached into his waistband as if he had a gun, Mina said. The man was not armed, Mina said.

More than 20 Orlando police units converged on the hospital at 52 W. Underwood St. when the man, who was taken to the hospital via ambulance for medical reasons, threatened medical staff, Mina said.

"He told staff that he had a gun and would shoot anyone who came near him," Mina said. "(Employees) did the right thing and notified law enforcement. ORMC did a great job."

Police tried to negotiate with the man, but Mina said they had to resolve the situation because nearby patients needed immediate medical attention.

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