Deputies responded to the Regional Medical Center at 5:48 p.m. Tuesday after a patient allegedly lunged at a nurse, pushing her into a wall and causing her to fall to the floor, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The nurse told deputies that the patient, an amputee, became upset because a wheelchair wasn’t immediately available for him. She described the patient as anxious and impulsive.
Medical staff began searching for a wheelchair for the patient, the nurse said. She told the patient to remain calm.
The nurse said she was standing about four feet from the patient when he lunged at her, the report said.
She fell on her left side.
Deputies saw the nurse limping from the nurse’s station and stated that her side was hurting as a result of the fall.
She told deputies that she was going to the emergency room for an x-ray to ensure that nothing was fractured.
When deputies spoke with the patient, he allegedly admitted to them that he lunged at the nurse, knocking her into the wall.
Deputies arrested the patient and transported him to the Orangeburg County Detention Center where he was issued a citation for assault.
In an unrelated incident, a Cordova resident called deputies to her Carrot Top Road home at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday to report that someone stole her father’s 2010 blue Chevrolet Aveo valued at $5,000.
Officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at University Village apartments on Tuesday night.
No one was injured during the incident and it remains under investigation.
The campus-wide safety alert system alerted students of the incident at 10:12 p.m.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Campus Safety at 803-536-7188.