Phoenix police and SWAT officers wait outside Phoenix Baptist Hospital during a reported barricade situation Monday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The suspect is identified as Ryan McEwen. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
An armed man who barricaded himself in a Phoenix hospital surrendered to Phoenix police Monday morning.
He was identified later in the day as 25-year-old Ryan McEwen.
McEwen entered the emergency room of Phoenix Baptist Hospital about 2 a.m. Monday armed with a knife and acting strangely, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said. He surrendered just before 6 a.m. and was taken into police custody.
Officers were able to take the knife away, but McEwen reached into his waistband and pulled a gun and pointed it at some people in the area of the emergency room, Crump said.
The suspect then ran and locked himself into a bathroom in the hospital at 1911 W. Bethany Home Rd., Crump said.
There were no patients in the emergency room at the time and all ER workers were evacuated, Crump said.
A police officer with a shield could be seen inside the emergency room, and five police vehicles and several SWAT members were outside the ER. A police robot was seen going into the hospital.
McEwen was booked in jail on charges of criminal damage and disorderly conduct with a weapon.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.
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