Monday, September 14, 2015
(WBIR - KNOXVILLE) Knoxville police are investigating a report of a stabbing on Monday morning at Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville.
Hospital spokesman Jerry Askew told WBIR that it happened around 6:30 a.m. Monday.
The alleged attacker is Gary Michael Smallwood, 40, of Covington, Ky. Smallwood was a patient at the facility, located at 900 E. Oak Hill Ave., according to the Knoxville Police Department.
Smallwood is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Knoxville police said Smallwood had scissors and a knife.
Askew said both nurses attacked are in stable condition. Hospital officials are working to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the stabbing. KPD said they aren't sure what motivated Smallwood to attack the staff.
KPD said one male nurse and one female nurse suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident. The female nurse suffered a puncture wound to her upper chest. The male nurse had more significant injuries and lacerations that occurred in a struggle over the knife with Smallwood.
In a news release, Askew said both hospital employees are expected to make a full recovery.
KPD said the incident happened in room No. 266 on the second floor of the central wing of the complex.
Smallwood is in KPD custody, and is currently being interviewed by investigators.
Smallwood was initially admitted to Physicians Regional Medical Center on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, police responded to a call from a Greyhound bus station to investigate a call of Smallwood acting belligerent.
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