Grant Blankenship, GPB News
Overnight in Macon, a man fired a gun inside the city’s largest hospital and barricaded himself in a restroom, holding law enforcement off for hours before taking his own life.
Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center is the state’s second-largest Level 1 trauma center, behind Grady Memorial in Atlanta.
The ambulance bay at the hospital emergency room was idled while it served as the staging area for law enforcement — including tactical officers, hostage negotiators plus a bomb disposal team and robot — during the standoff which lasted about five hours.
According to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the man, whose name is being withheld, took his own life once officers breached the door to the restroom a little before 2 a.m.
No one else was injured.
This story comes to the Macon Report through a reporting partnership with GPB News, a non-profit newsroom covering the state of Georgia.