Saturday, July 26, 2014

Armed Doctor Lee Silverman Stops Hospital Shooting: He Saved Lives, "Without a Doubt"

A psychiatrist is being hailed as a hero after he stopped what could have been a mass shooting at a Pennsylvania hospital earlier this week.
49-year-old patient Richard Plotts and his caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt, went into the office of psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman for an appointment. Shortly after arriving a heated argument broke out, and a staffer peaked through the door to see the patient, Plotts, pointing a handgun at Silverman. The staffer then quietly shut the door and dialed 911 to alert police.
Plotts opened fire and shot Hunt in the face. She died at the scene.

That’s when Silverman crouched behind his desk and retrieved his firearm. He was able to fire several shots at Plotts, striking him twice in the torso and once in the arm.
Plotts fired several shots at Silverman, hitting his thumb and grazing his temple.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said it was clear that the doctor acted in self-defense:
“When the caseworker was shot, (Silverman) crouched down behind the desk to avoid him being shot.

He was able to reach for his weapon, and realizing it was a life or death situation, was able to engage the defendant in the exchange of gunfire.”  MORE

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