• Police: Man pointed gun inside CMC, held hospital employee

    By: Mark Becker

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE - Police said a man walked into the Emergency Room at Carolinas Medical Center early Sunday morning and pointed a pistol at one man, then briefly kidnapped a hospital employee before police were able to arrest him.

    Officers have charged Ashan Louisne, 26, of Portsmouth, Virginia with assault and kidnapping, along with other charges, after the incident around 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

    Officers were outside of the emergency room on an unrelated call when they saw people frantically leaving the emergency room, saying there was a man with a handgun inside. Police said the officers drew their weapons and tactically entered. Officers gave the suspect verbal commands to drop his weapon.

    The suspect did not point his gun at police, but refused to obey their commands and hid behind a wall. The suspect came out from behind the wall several times. Officers continued to give verbal commands, but he refused to drop the weapon and kept going back behind the wall.

    When the suspected attempted to exit through a side door to the emergency room he was apprehended by officers, police said.

    Additional information gathered by officers indicated that Louisne had gone to the emergency room with injuries he received during an earlier altercation at a club in uptown. While in the emergency room, Louisne saw several people from that altercation enter the area. Police said at some point he drew his weapon and pointed it at the people.

    The hospital said in a statement that Louisne was involved in a personal altercation with another man and police said he “confined” the hospital employee before an officer was able to put him under arrest.

    In a statement released Monday afternoon the hospital said in part:

    “...we enacted our protocol to secure all hospital doors and entryways until it was determined 15 minutes later that there was no further threat of harm.”

    Louisne was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, kidnapping, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana.

    Louisne was released from the Mecklenburg County Jail late Sunday night. He is set to make his first court appearance in the case on Tuesday.


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