Police investigating shooting inside ER of Boston hospital

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August 1, 2013, 5:31 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels) - Things are much quieter at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, a much different scene than Wednesday.
    
Policies regarding prisoners and handcuffs coming off those prisoners during medical care are under review after the terrifying scene.

Two Middlesex County deputy sheriffs were bringing an inmate, Raymond Wallace, to the hospital for treatment when he went after one of their guns.
 
The Boston Globe reports Wallace had asked to go to the bathroom in the emergency room area. When he left the bathroom, the Globe says that's when he attacked one of the deputy sheriffs, going for his gun. The gun apparently went off in the holster, shooting that deputy in the leg.

At that point the inmate was able to wrestle the gun from the holster. That's when the other deputy sheriff shot Wallace in the chest.

The deputy sheriff who was shot in the leg is expected to survive his injury and so is Wallace, though he was more seriously injured.

This series of events led to a massive law enforcement presence at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Including the Boston Police, the Massachusetts State Police and police from Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop. This is all now under investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

But in addition to law enforcement, this is a working hospital, with countless people coming and going for medical care, so there were plenty of people here yesterday to witness what happened.

Hospital Worker John Porrazzo said, "It happened so quickly, right after another, and we were definitely a little nervous."

Wallace was being held on armed robbery charges out of Essex County in 2011, but has been housed at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge because of what are called "enemy issues."

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office says Wallace will likely not be arraigned today. He is still receiving medical care at Mass General Hospital.

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