Man dies in apparent suicide at Miriam Hospital

The hospital was temporarily locked down after an elderly man shot himself in a bathroom.

PROVIDENCE An 88-year-old man shot himself in an apparent suicide in a first-floor bathroom at The Miriam Hospital Emergency Department on Saturday night, according to the Providence police.

The incident, which occurred around 11 p.m., caused a temporary lockdown of the department, according to a statement from Lifespan Health System.

No other patients were harmed, according to the healthcare company.

Rescue vehicles were temporarily diverted to other hospitals.

“Our thoughts and prayers are foremost with the individual’s family at this difficult time,” Lifespan’s statement reads. “We have begun offering emotional support and counseling to staff who responded professionally and were deeply saddened and upset by the incident.”

Richard Salit, a spokesman for Miriam Hospital, declined to answer further questions about the incident, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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