November 9, 2018 11:24 am
Updated: November 9, 2018 3:13 pm

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.

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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.

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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.

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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