Seven injured in skirmish at Atascadero State Hospital
May 2, 2014
Four employees and three patients of Atascadero State Hospital were injured in an altercation Tuesday. Officers arrested the three patients and transported them to the San Luis Obispo County Jail.
At about 8:30 p.m., two patients tried to provoke other mentally ill patients by shoving furniture. Another patient then joined in and the group charged at hospital employees who tried to intervene.
One hospital police officer broke two ribs and another incurred a possible torn muscle during the altercation. The remaining two officers and three patients suffered minor injuries.
Officers arrested Jacob Sloan, 23, for battery, assault with a deadly weapon and obstructing justice, Justin Gause, 34, for assault with a deadly weapon and obstructing justice, and Harley Fisher, 35, for obstructing justice, according to the San Luis Obispo County Jail website.