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Unarmed patient claiming to have gun was killed at Orlando hospital

Orlando police shot and killed Monday morning a hospital patient at Orlando Regional Medical Center after he started telling staff that he had a gun and would "shoot anyone who comes near him."

The man was in his mid-30s and claimed he was a suspect in homicide case but it was not known about what it was. Three police officers shot and killed the man when he was believed pulling or reaching for a firearm. It was later revealed that he was unarmed. All three officers will be on paid administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates. The unidentified man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center as a patient via ambulance for medical reasons at approximately 6 a.m. on Monday. His threats to the hospital staff led to a lockdown.

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Police at Orlando hospital

Crisis negotiators were called to the hospital and than he was shot and killed because he had made aggressive movements. "He made a lot of statements about how it's going to end right here, today," Orlando police chief John Mina said. No one else was injured in the incident. There were patients close by who needed medical treatment. Orlando Health tweeted that the emergency room was the only department affected by the lockdown. There were more than 20 police vehicles at the hospital Monday morning. The hospital returned to normal operating procedures.

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