Cancer patient, 65, armed with a gun barricades himself inside bathroom at Upper East Side hospital and fires shots during three-hour standoff with police
- Joseph Gill, 65, accused of firing shots and barricading himself inside first-floor bathroom at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan
- Gill is said to have fired four rounds during three-hour standoff with police, but no injuries were reported Thursday night
- Part of urgent care facility was evacuated as police were trying to convince Gill to surrender
- Gill ultimately turned himself in before midnight and was transported to Bellevue Hospital for a mental health evaluation
- Gill charged with attempted murder of a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon
A 65-year-old cancer patient had barricaded himself inside a Manhattan hospital and fired multiple shots during an hours-long standoff with the police overnight.
Following negotiations with the NYPD, the suspect, identified this morning as Joseph Gill, ultimately turned himself in and was taken into custody at Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer hospital on East 67th Street just before midnight.
No injuries were reported as a result of the shooting.
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Shots were fired during a three-hour standoff between a cancer patient and NYPD officers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital on East 67th Street in Manhattan
The patient, identified as 65-year-old Joseph Gill, surrendered before midnight and was transported by ambulance (pictured) to Bellevue Hospital for a mental health evaluation
Police were called to the hospital’s urgent care department for reports of an armed patient suffering from a mental health crisis
The incident began unfolding at around 8.45pm at the hospital’s urgent care facility, where Gill, who is a patient at the hospital, arrived armed with a gun, according to the police, as WABC reported.
The 65-year-old Manhattan resident went into a bathroom on the first floor and fired four shots, which did not hit anyone.
Police received reports of a person suffering a mental health crisis and responded to the scene at 9.25pm.
Gill had barricaded himself inside a first-floor bathroom and fired four rounds from a handgun, none of which struck anyone
The part of the building where the drama unfolded overnight was evacuated
Heavy police presence is seen outside the cancer hospital on East 67th Street on Thursday night
Officers learned that Gill had barricaded himself inside the first-floor bathroom and was refusing to come out.
The area of the hospital where the standoff unfolded was evacuated, with patients and staff having to move to a different part of the complex.
it took NYPD negotiators three hours to convince Gill to peacefully surrender, after which he was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation.
Police recovered the man’s handgun at the scene.
An NYPD spokesperson wrote in an email DailyMail.com that Gill has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon.