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Prosecutors: Billings nurse took down patient who reached for surgical instruments

Posted at 3:13 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:01:09-04

BILLINGS – A man is facing charges after he was pinned down by a doctor at Billings Same Day Care in January when he allegedly reached for sharp medical instruments.

Michael Lynn Whiteman, 34, was set to appear in Yellowstone County Justice Court Thursday on one count of misdemeanor negligent endangerment.

Police received a report from in January describing a physical altercation between a doctor and a patient.

Officers located Whiteman and arrested him.

A nurse reported to police that he was advised Whiteman was acting very strange and complaining that small children were in the cabinets and “needed to be kicked out of the room.”

Whiteman walked over to the sink where medical tools used to cut sutures were soaking in chemicals, according to court documents.

When Whiteman attempted to pick up the medical tools, the male nurse became scared and grabbed Whiteman’s wrist and held him to the ground until authorities arrived.

A witness who had walked by the room at the time of the incident told police he saw Whiteman acting strange so he began to talk with him.

Whiteman told the man he was seeing small children in the room and said he wanted to assault them, according to the witness.

When the nurse entered the room, the man continued talking with Whiteman.

Whiteman appeared agitated “like he intended to physically harm someone,” according to the witness.

The witness saw Whiteman reach for the sharp tools before the nurse took him down.

Whiteman is being held at the Yellowstone County jail.

Reporting by Aja Goare for MTN News