November 8, 2014
A video released Wednesday shows exactly what happened when a hospital patient attacked nurses over the weekend at St. John’s Hospital.
Police say 68-year-old Charles Emmett Logan, of St. Paul, died after being handcuffed by police following the attack on Sunday. Authorities are still investigating what caused his death.
In the video, released by the Maplewood Police Department, Logan can be seen running through the nurse’s station wielding a metal pole. He then hoists the pole over his head and begins hitting nearby nurses who are attempting to flee the scene.
Authorities say the nurses involved in the incident have seen the video.
According to police, Logan had been hospitalized with episodes of confusion. Around 2 a.m., he assaulted four nurses and then fled the building.
The nurses who were assaulted include a 40-year-old from Wyoming, Minn., a 22-year-old from Brooklyn Park, a 32-year-old from Lino Lakes and a 30-year-old from Hudson, Wis.
One nurse suffered a collapse lung in the incident and another fractured her wrist — others had cuts and bruises.
After Logan fled the building, police found him three blocks away and ordered him to drop the pole. Logan refused. Police attempted to deploy a Taser device on him but it wasn’t effective. Three officers eventually wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him.
Moments later, Logan was unresponsive and taken back to St. John’s Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.
Before the attack, medical staff told police he was suffering from paranoia.