A patient committed suicide at Fairview Lakes Medical Center on Wednesday, July 18.
The 68-year-old Rush City man was found dead in the bed of his single-occupancy room at 11:30 a.m., said Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe. No one else was in the room at the time of death.
A gun was found in the room, though Hoppe said it can not be concluded at this time whether the man’s wounds came from the weapon.
The man checked into the hospital on Tuesday for a routine medical procedure that was not related to mental health, Hoppe said.
Fairview staff restricted access after the incident. A full-scale lock-down was not necessary given the nature of the event, Hoppe said.
“The hospital did take the appropriate procedure for building security for that type of event,” he said.
The medical center bans guns but does not have a metal detector. The man carried the gun in, Hoppe said.
“I don’t know of any hospitals that have metal detectors at the door to begin with or any hospitals that would search patients’ belongings at check-in,” Hoppe said. “It would be unreasonable.”
The case is under investigation and the man’s identity will be made public after a medical examiner’s report is filed.
“At this time, we haven’t seen anything that would indicate any criminal involvement,” Hoppe said.
Information from Clint Riese, Forest Lake Times