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Halifax man charged with assault after ER staff threatened with knife

A Halifax man is facing charges after causing a disturbance in the emergency room of the QEII hospital last night. File/ Global News

A Halifax man is facing assault and threats charges after a disturbance at the QEII emergency room Thursday night.

Halifax Regional Police say they responded to the hospital at 1799 Robie St. shortly after 7 p.m.

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A man armed with a knife had allegedly threatened hospital staff.

Const. John MacLeod says the man yelled threats at hospital staff and threw items inside the waiting room after being asked to leave for causing a disturbance.

Officers arrested a suspect without incident near Trollope and Rainnie Streets a short time later.

Khaled Samara, 56, is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court Friday to face charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of uttering threats and causing a disturbance.

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The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), which operates the hospital, said it could not confirm whether the person responsible for the disturbance was a patient “out of respect for confidentiality.”

“No NSHA employees or security officers were hurt as a result of this disturbance,” spokesperson Kristen Lipscombe said in an email.

— With a file from The Canadian Press

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