Fatal Shooting At A North Carolina Hospital

Investigators are examining the fatal shooting by an off-duty officer of a man suspected of pointing a gun at another person in a North Carolina hospital.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the Gaston County Police
Department said 29-year-old Keyjuantas Devance Tims died after
being fatally shot at Gaston Memorial Hospital late Sunday.

Police said Officer W.E. Howell heard there was a man with a gun
in a waiting room and when the officer approached the man he
pointed the gun at another person. The department said Howell shot

Howell is on administrative leave with pay during the

Police Capt. W.S. Melton said investigators are trying to
determine if Tims fired his weapon and how many shots Howell fired.

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  • by Leigh Location: eastern nc on Dec 18, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    To Employee---we know the hospital was in Gastonia. We were talking about metal detectors at PCMH. Not about the incident happening at PCMH.
  • by J Location: Gville on Dec 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM
    Yeah, this fool had a gun in the waiting room. SHOOT HIM. Im all for what the officer did. He isnt wrong!
  • by Gary Location: Creswell on Dec 17, 2008 at 05:51 PM
    GREAT JOB ! This saves us tax payers MONEY keeping this --- out of the courts and the hands of the bleeding heart liberal judges!
  • by Cop Location: Greenville on Dec 17, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    I've got to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by all of the positive feedback for this story. When I first saw the headline and saw the number of posts I figured Officer Howell would have been crucified by folks judging him for doing what was right. Criminals are getting more and more bold and brave people like Officer Howell are needed to keep them in check whether it be by acting as a good witness for on-duty police or by making a difficult decision in a life or death situation like this one.
  • by Employee Location: GASTONIA on Dec 17, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    FYI - This hospital is in GASTONIA not GREENVILLE
  • by GMH Employee Location: Gastonia on Dec 17, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    Officer Howell did what he had to do in this situation.The hospitals number one goal is to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe. If it would have turned out the "bad" guy killed one of your sick family members in the hospital waiting area, would some of you still have the same opinon about this? Thank you Officer Howell for doing your job of protecting our hospital.
  • by concern Location: north carolina on Dec 17, 2008 at 04:25 PM
    this story is very sad, how can the readers tell someone good job for killing another person.you probably don't know the facts behind this and neither do i. my prayer goes out to both families.
  • by NC RN on Dec 17, 2008 at 01:36 PM
    Nursing...the hardest job you'll ever love.
  • by Talon Location: NC on Dec 17, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    I agree with you 100% Nurset. Sorry I overlooked that. The nurses put up with assaults, threats, verbal abuse, and worse. I could never even think about doing their job. Strange thing is that most of them always appeared to be in a good mood, to me at least. And I'm including all nursing assistants, and the other care givers too. I only mentioned the cops, because I was one for a little while and couldn't stand the pressure.
  • by here's a twist on Dec 17, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    yes there are metal detectors at PCMH however, where patients are taken into the ED via the secured ambulance entrance there are no metal detectors. obviously this isnt very feasible to be running dying people with life-threatening medical problems thru metal detectors so thats pretty much the weak link in a lot of hospital security

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