CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Police say a man tased a nurse after grabbing the taser out of a security officer’s holster during a fight Saturday inside the Roper Hospital emergency room in downtown Charleston.
Kyle Edward Cahill, 29, has been charged with third-degree assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
Officers responded to the emergency room at 6 p.m. Saturday night for a combative patient. According to the incident report, they found Cahill was fighting with security guards and several nurses who were trying to restrain him on a bed.
Hospital staff told officers that Cahill grabbed a security offier’s taser from its holster, and tased a nurse in the foot. He also allegedly bit another nurse on the elbow, the report stated.
The nurses told officers Cahill was continuously spitting and swinging both arms violently toward hospital staff, the report stated.
Cahill was committed by Roper medical staff on duty for a mental evaluation, according to the report.
Jail records show Cahill has been booked into the Charleston County jail 11 times since August 2017.
On Monday afternoon, Roper St. Francis Healthcare Vice President Anthony Jackson released the following statement:
We are continuing to investigate the incident that occurred Saturday night in our Roper Hospital emergency room.
In response to increasing threats and acts of violence we’ve seen statewide and nationally, we’ve made numerous changes aimed at training our teammates and elevating the security of our facilities. Our Workplace Violence Prevention Committee continues to work diligently to develop measures and response plans to improve our safety.
The safety of our teammates is among our top priorities, and we want to work with lawmakers to help enhance protection for our teammates.
South Carolina is one of three states that has no enhanced penalties for violence against healthcare workers. Nearly half of all workplace assaults in the United States occur in a healthcare setting, and the vast majority of these violent incidents are caused by interactions with patients.
Anyone who assaults a police officer, teacher or lawmaker faces harsher consequences. Healthcare workers deserve the same kind of protection.
We join the South Carolina Hospital Association in calling on our lawmakers to reconsider this issue and help make our healthcare facilities safe for all caregivers. We look forward to collaborating with lawmakers on this important issue.