A Florida physician is accepted as a FBI hero after coping with a double amputated patient who opened fire in the emergency room of the VA medical center.
Justin Fleck, Special Agent for the FBI, said that the doctor who had not been identified had managed to shoot Larry Ray Bon at the Riviera Beach facility between Wednesday night. Bon, a 59-year-old patient with a wheelchair, fought all day and finally pulled out a gun from under a pillow, officials said.
"The same doctor who suffered from cervical injury is the same person who has subjected the subject … doing well and doing heroine today," Fleck told reporters.
The doctor was treated and released from a hospital in West Palm Beach. Another employee grazed a bullet and suffered minimal damage.
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Bon was in the US Army for a short time in the 1970s, but his leg amputations could not be seen as linked to his service, officials told NBC News. They added that he was arrested in Michigan and that he was homeless in South Florida.
Bon was arrested but was not charged on Thursday morning. The FBI was still investigating the event.