Greeneville Police: barricade situation at Laughlin Memorial over


UPDATE (4:00 a.m. Saturday)

According to Greeneville Police Captain Timothy Davis, suspect David Justin Lee Story took himself hostage at knifepoint in the emergency department at Laughlin Hospital’s bathroom. That was around 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Police say he refused to comply with requests from officers to throw down the knife and surrender for several hours. During this time the emergency department of the hospital had to divert patients to a different entrance and the waiting room had to be closed.

The hospital also had to go on diversion from accepting E.M.S. transports.

Captain Davis says Story finally took the knife and broke a sprinkler head to the fire suppression system of the hospital. This action caused the fire alarm to sound and water to begin flooding the bathroom.

They say Story was then taken into custody by force during which he sustained minor non-life threatening injuries.

Officials report this action caused several thousand dollars in damage. The total amount is yet to be determined.

Story was treated for his injuries at Laughlin Hospital before being released and transported to the Greene County Detention Center.

Story is charged with Felony Vandalism and Disorderly Conduct as a result of his actions. He is being held at the Greene County Detention Center under a $45,000.00 bond and will have an initial court appearance in Greene County Sessions Court on Monday.


UPDATE (12:30 a.m. Saturday)

The barricade situation at Laughlin Memorial Hospital in Greeneville is now over.

Greeneville Assistant Police Chief Michael Crum told News 5 crews on the scene that police entered the restroom the man barricaded himself in about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

That person was removed from the bathroom.

Crum said the man is receiving medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Crum also said the man was armed with a knife.

Charges are being filed. No word yet what those will be.

Say with News 5 and for the latest in this developing story.


Greeneville police are on scene at Laughlin Memorial Hospital where a person is barricaded inside.

Police say the person is isolated and no patients, visitors or employees are in danger.

We have a crew on the way to the scene. Stay with News 5 on air and online for the latest.

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