Man attacks nurses, dies in police custody in bizarre Maplewood case

A St. Paul man is dead, four hospital staffers are injured and three law-enforcement officers are on leave after the man fought his way out of St. John's Hospital in Maplewood in the early hours Nov. 2.

Combative, immune to Taser

According to police reports, 68-year-old Charles Logan Sr. had been admitted to the hospital due to "episodes of confusion."

Maplewood police were called at 1:56 a.m. Sunday after Logan reportedly wrested a metal bar off equipment in his room, used it to beat his way past nursing staff and escaped into a residential area the hospital.

Maplewood police and two Ramsey County Sheriff's Department deputies located Logan three blocks north of the hospital, still wielding the bar and reportedly combative. "Deputies directed the man to drop the bar and he refused to comply," Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said. "Deputies attempted to use a Taser device to stop the man’s advance with the metal bar. The Taser was not effective."

Deputies "ultimately" forced the man to the ground and a Maplewood officer handcuffed him.

Moments later, the man became unresponsive.

The deputies and police paramedics on the scene administered CPR, Schnell said. Maplewood Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported Logan back to St. John's, where he was later pronounced dead.

'Uncharacteristic' of man

The four nurses injured are a 40-year-old woman from Wyoming, a 22-year-old from Brooklyn Park, a 32-year-old from Lino Lakes and a 30-year-old woman from Hudson, Wisconsin. According to Schnell, one of them suffered a collapsed lung in the attack; others have cuts and bruises. None of the injuries are life-threatening, he said.

Schnell added that Logan's actions seemed to focus on escaping the hospital, not attacking other patients. "It remains unclear what prompted the attack on nursing staff," he said. "Those familiar with Mr. Logan described a very recent change in which he became confused and periodically delusional.

"Nothing in Mr. Logan's past or more recent history indicates a tendency toward violence."

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been called in to interview officers, victims and witnesses and to review video from security cameras and squad vehicles.

Two Ramsey County deputies and one Maplewood police officer have been put on the standard administrative leave in accordance with policy.

A position on the front lines?

Schnell said it was very fortunate staff members were not injured more severely, given the violence of the attack.

In June, 2012, a Wisconsin man attacked his pregnant girlfriend in a hospital room at St. John's, beating a doctor who tried to intervene with his fists and attacking a nurse who tried to help the doctor. The man left the hospital only after punching an aide multiple times in the face and head.

The patient's baby was delivered via emergency C-section and two of the medical professionals were treated at St. John's emergency room.

– Holly Wenzel


Maplewood Police release video of patient attacking nurses at St. John's Hospital

In a bizarre case that took place around 2 a.m. Sunday, a patient at St. John's Hospital attacked nurses at a nursing station, leaving four injured. Here, the man is seen swinging a bar at them in two security camera views, one at the nurse's station and one in a hallway.

The man was later detained in a neighborhood north of St. John's, but became unresponsive after Ramsey County Sheriff's deputies and a Maplewood officer forced him to the ground.

Warning: the video is graphic.

 

Videos courtesy of Maplewood Police

 

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