Magnolia Regional Health Center was on lockdown Sunday morning after a man overpowered a security guard, got his weapon and fired two rounds inside the emergency room.

Magnolia Regional Health Center was on lockdown Sunday morning and a full-scale investigation remains underway by the Corinth Police Department after a man entered the emergency room area, overpowered a security guard and fired two shots.

A suspect described as under the influence of narcotics and seeking treatment about 8 a.m. Sunday took the guard’s firearm, attempted to fire a shot into his own head, but there was not a bullet in the gun’s chamber, Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance told the Daily Corinthian.

The suspect put a bullet into the firearm’s chamber, fired a live round in the ER ceiling, then attempted to fire a bullet into his head a second time, said the police chief.

“He flinched and missed,” said Dance.

An earlier report of an emergency room physician on duty helping subdue the shooter was incorrect, said the police chief.

The suspect dropped the weapon and passed out in the floor and then medical personnel were able to get him into a bed, subdue and sedate the suspect described as “combative,” said Dance.

The shooting suspect was described as a male from Iuka and was being treated at the hospital. Once charges are filed, Dance said he would release the suspect’s name.

“We are still putting the information together as the investigation continues,” said the police chief. “After the suspect’s medical condition is assessed, he will be taken into custody.”

Three patrol units could be seen outside the ER Sunday morning to keep the public from entering the hospital and Dance said detectives are working the case as the investigation unfolds.

The police chief will release more information to the Daily Corinthian as it becomes available.

Magnolia Regional Health Center issued the following statement on Sunday afternoon as order was trying to be restored.

“Fortunately, the situation was resolved quickly and without injury to the patient or MRHC staff,” said MRHC CEO Jim Hobson. “At this time, all operations have returned to normal with increased security and police presence. We want to thank our hospital staff for acting quickly, professionally and heroically.”


A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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