Patient Violence Found at Columbia VA Hospital

6 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Friday, May 31 2013 May 31, 2013 Friday, May 31, 2013 3:22:00 AM CDT May 31, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

COLUMBIA - The central Missouri veterans' hospital where one patient allegedly beat another to death is not immune to violence.

The Columbia Missourian reports that federal investigators have tallied 35 violent acts by patients at Truman Veterans Hospital. A hospital spokesman says Truman has procedures in place to deal with the risks.

Thirty-three-year-old Rudy Perez Jr. of Sedalia is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 1 death of 78-year-old Robert Hill.

An arrest warrant said Perez attacked Hill twice. Employees initially separated the two men, but Perez was allowed to return to a common area where Hill was also sent after being treated for injuries.

On Thursday, Perez withdrew a request to transfer from the Boone County Jail to a state mental hospital in Fulton.

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