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Houston cop moonlighting as hospital security shoots patient during struggle

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A Houston police officer working a second job as a hospital security guard shot and critically wounded on Thursday a patient who had been combative with staff and fought with security, a Houston police spokesman said.

The officer was one of two off-duty police officers working as security at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston who were called into the room to subdue the suspect, described as a 26-year-old male, the spokesman said.

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The suspect fought with the officers, injuring both. One of the officers deployed his Taser but that did not appear to have any effect, spokesman Kese Smith said.

“The struggle continued to escalate, at which point, the second officer, fearing for his safety and that of his fellow officer, discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect,” Smith said.

Houston Police did not identify the patient and did not have information on why he sought care at the hospital.

The officers, veterans of 21 and 30 years on the force, suffered lacerations to their heads and one appears to have a severe concussion. They were being treated at the hospital and have not been identified, he said.

Watch a report on the shooting, as aired on KHOU-TV, below.

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Virus outbreak in Houston-area nursing home kills 17

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A novel coronavirus outbreak at a Missouri City nursing home, outside of Houston, has killed 17 residents, according to data from state officials.

City officials issued a press release this week raising alarm over 19 deaths that they said occurred at the Paradigm at First Colony Nursing Home but nursing home officials told The Texas Tribune that the number is incorrect and declined to provide the correct number.

The city also reported that the facility has 24 infected staff members and the nursing home reported 11 currently infected residents who are in stable condition.

“This harrowing development speaks to the severity of this pandemic and how everyone needs to take it even more seriously,” said Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford of the outbreak in a Wednesday press release.

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‘Gullible’ Trump administration paid up to $500 million too much for these ventilators: investigators

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Citing “evidence of fraud, waste, and abuse,” a congressional subcommittee investigating the federal government’s purchase of $646.7 million worth of Philips ventilators has asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to launch its own investigation of the deal.

The House subcommittee launched its review after ProPublica stories in March and April showed how a U.S. subsidiary of Royal Philips N.V. received millions in federal tax dollars years ago to develop a low-cost ventilator for pandemics but didn’t deliver it. Instead, as the coronavirus began spreading around the globe and U.S. hospitals were desperate for more, Philips was selling commercial versions of the government-funded ventilator overseas from its Pennsylvania factory. Then in April, despite having not fulfilled the initial contract, the Dutch company struck a much more lucrative deal to sell the government 43,000 ventilators for four times the price.

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Pastor slams Trump for lying about a ‘dystopian dreamscape’ if Biden wins: ‘Pandering to the worst level’

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As President Donald Trump loses ground with evangelicals realizing he's not actually a Christian, the right-wing has scrambled with the only strategy they have: try to claim Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, is somehow not a Christian.

"Nobody ever would ever even think possible because he's following the radical left agenda," said Trump in Ohio. "Take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He's against God."

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