COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Three security officers at Grant Medical Center are suspended pending completion of an investigation into an altercation with a man just outside the front doors of the hospital.
A video shared on Facebook shows the officers confronting the man outside the hospital Monday night. The video shows the man, 38 year old Shelton Adams, taking a step toward the officers and then being shoved back. Adams then appears to flick a cigarette toward an officer who then pepper sprays him and hits him with a baton. The three officers then wrestle Adams to the ground.
The cell phone video was shot by Mellena Jackson who was sitting in her car nearby at the time.In a social media post, Jackson says, “from what I witnessed the police officers involved used excessive force.”
Jackson tells NBC4 she saw the security guards follow Adams out of the hospital shortly before the confrontation. “He walked out and then three guys some out behind him and they’ve got their hands on their batons and their guns and I’m like ‘what in the world is going on’,” Jackson said. “So that’s when I grabbed my phone.”
OhioHealth spokesman Mark Hopkins issued the following statement Tuesday:
Last night, an altercation took place in front of OhioHealth Grant Medical Center involving three of our OhioHealth security officers and a visitor at the hospital. We began an investigation immediately and the security officers were placed on fact-finding suspension. A thorough and complete investigation continues including witness interviews. This matter is being addressed at the highest levels and we hope to have it resolved quickly. We will share the results as soon as we have them.
Adams was detained by the officers until Columbus police arrived and arrested him on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Adams sister, Robin Adams, tells NBC4 her brother has a history of mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She says Shelton Adams lives a couple of blocks from Grant Medical Center and occasionally eats in the hospital cafeteria.
Two witnesses tell NBC 4 they saw Adams in the cafeteria Monday evening and that he was quietly sitting by himself.
Court documents indicate Adams was combative with security officers after he was told to leave the hospital.
Mellena Jackson says the incident was upsetting for her and her young son who also witnessed some of what happened. “My son is six and he woke up asking about this and he wants to be a police officer,” Jackson said. “I had to tell him it’s not police officers, it’s security and sometimes people let the power get to their head and they do things like this.”