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Man Shoots Self - UHWI to Review Safety Policies

Published:Thursday | December 27, 2007 | 12:50 PM

The administration at the University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, is now reviewing its safety policies following a shooting incident at the institution early this morning.

Omar Graham, 30, who is said to be of unsound mind, reportedly shot himself in the head after disarming a policewoman. The incident occurred just after midnight at the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit.

Head of Clinical Services at the UHWI, Dr. Trevor McCartney, says following a meeting with members of the hospital’s administration this morning, a number of recommendations have been made in an attempt to prevent a recurrence of the incident. Dr. McCartney has further pointed out that the incident did not result from a lapse in the hospital’s security systems. The Emergency Unit remains open for regular services and members of staff who were on duty at the time of the incident are being counseled.

It’s reported that Mr. Graham was awaiting treatment at the hospital and was accompanied by his brother and his father who is a policeman. The police say he disarmed the policewoman of her service revolver when her back was turned.

Frightened medical staff had to scamper to safety just before Mr. Graham shot himself. There were no other patients in the area where the incident occurred.

The female constable is also receiving counseling. Its not clear whether she will face disciplinary action.