Police subdue mental patient

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Seven Vancouver police officers spent nearly a half-hour Tuesday night getting a mental patient under control at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center after the man broke a sprinkler head and flooded his room.

Sgt. Mark Blaisdell said police arrived about 9:02 p.m. to the psychiatric ward on the hospital’s first floor to find a 34-year-old man attempting to cut himself with metal from the sprinkler head. Vancouver firefighters and hospital staff also were trying to subdue the man.

He caused about $1,500 in damage, Blaisdell said.

Blaisdell said the man was restrained at 9:26 p.m. There were no injuries to the officers, he said.

The man was kept at the hospital but Blaisdell said police will refer a malicious mischief report to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.