Patient Flees After Stabbing Doctor At Memphis VA Hospital

MIDTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13)A patient reportedly stabbed a doctor in a waiting room at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis Tuesday morning, police said.

The patient fled the hospital and has not been apprehended, police said.

The stabbing took place at around 10 a.m. in an MRI waiting room at the VA hospital, located in the medical district in the 1000 block of Jefferson.

A witness told FOX13 News who saw the stabbing victim at the VA said the victim suffered a chest wound and was rushed away.

“I saw the staff come running out and they were visibly upset,” said Chuck White, witness, who was across the hall waiting for an appointment when he heard the commotion. “I used to work in trauma so I knew it wasn’t just an ordinary patient arrest situation.”

Police said the victim is being treated at the VA hospital for and is currently in stable condition.

White said he saw the suspect take off. Police say the man ran from the hospital as hospital staff helped the victim.

“They hit the code button and the next thing I know it took forever for the police to get out there,” White said.

The VA medical center has its own police force, but White said the suspect got into the hospital with a large hunting knife.

“There was a knife on the floor,” White said. “About a few minutes later they come out with a patient taking him straight to surgery.”

A Memphis VA spokesperson in a statement to FOX13 News confirmed that an assault did take place “between a VA and non-VA employee” and that the staff is cooperating with the police investigation.

“The Memphis VA Medical Center takes the safety and well-being of its patients, visitors and staff very seriously and we will continue to work diligently to provide a safe environment for Veterans and employees. The Memphis VA Medical Center will continue to see patients as normal,” the statement said.

Officers are canvassing the medical district for the patient. FBI agents with the a Memphis Field Office are assisting local police with the investigation.

If you can assist police you are urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.