S.C. inmate disarms CO, shoots self


By Clif LeBlanc and Ishmael Tate
The State
Using a suspect's weight to prevent disarming

COLUMBIA, S.C. — In a two-pronged response to an attempted suicide in a Columbia hospital emergency room, the state prison agency is reviewing its procedures and equipment while the hospital decided to open a separate waiting room for inmates.

On Wednesday, questions were raised about how easily a woman patient was able to pull a gun from a prison officer's holster and shoot herself in the head at Palmetto Health Richland Tuesday night. The woman remained in critical condition Wednesday.

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