Man with knife arrested after barricading himself inside Broward Health Medical Center

SWAT teams responded to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday after an armed man barricaded himself inside a room.

The unidentified 38-year-old man, who was a patient at the hospital, had made threats to hurt himself with a knife, which prompted the hospital's staff to contact an on-duty officer, Fort Lauderdale police said. 


When police arrived, the man had locked himself inside the fifth floor room. 

A large police presence was seen outside the front entrance of the hospital at 1600 S. Andrews Ave. However, only the fifth floor of the hospital was under lockdown. 

After a standoff, negotiators were able to talk to the man on the phone and he surrendered peacefully to police.

The man suffered self-inflicted superficial wounds from the knife, police said, and was taken in under Florida's Backer Act.

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