Police: ER patient menaced officer


Published Aug 21, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

A man attempted to assault a police officer after lashing out in the emergency room of St. Charles Bend last week, police said.

St. Charles Bend emergency room staff called Bend police Aug. 12 reporting that patient Jerry J. Nichols, 64, of Bend, was out of control and physically assaulting ER employees.

An officer responded within minutes. As the officer got out of his patrol car at the ER entrance, Nichols left his ER table, crossed the parking area and aggressively advanced toward the officer, according to police.

The officer tried to calm Nichols down and use a Taser without success. The officer then slapped Nichols to stop him, police reported.

Nichols was admitted to the hospital and was last reported in critical condition.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

— Bulletin staff reports