A city in Florida recently paid $100,000 to settle a negligence lawsuit brought by a hospital staffer who was injured when a bank robbing suspect attacked her in 2016. The woman claimed her injuries were caused by a police officer's "careless decision" to leave her alone with the suspect.
Police had taken the suspect to the hospital after he complained of back pain during his arrest. A police officer accompanied the suspect, but left the suspect alone with the hospital staff member in the X-ray room. The officer also removed the suspect's handcuffs once the suspect was in the X-ray room.
The suspect asked staff if he could stand in order to move from the X-ray table to the bed, and they agreed. Once he stood up, he grabbed the staffer who was alone in the X-ray room with him. The suspect put her in a headlock, dragged her out of the room, beat her, and threatened her with scissors.
Staff alerted the police officer, who had been standing outside of the X-ray room, of the attack. The police officer told the suspect to drop the scissors, and the woman escaped. The police officer then shot the suspect in the shoulder and abdomen when he moved toward the officer.
The bank robbing suspect pled guilty to the robbery and the attack on the hospital staff member, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Katie Pohlman "Ocala paid hospital employee $100K to settle suit" ocala.com (Oct. 26, 2018).