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Hospital standoff: Gunman barricades himself in ER bathroom

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It was a tense few hours inside a Phoenix hospital Monday morning after an armed man barricaded himself in the emergency room waiting area -- forcing it to be evacuated.

The emergency room entrance off 19th Avenue near Bethany Home Road into Phoenix Baptist Hospital was surrounded by Phoenix Police and SWAT just after 2:30 a.m.  The ER was partially evacuated after a gunman was spotted inside.

"All we know at this point is that he wanted into our restroom and subsequently barricaded himself in that restroom," said PBH's CEO, Dan Jones.

"We had what we believe to be a patient that went into the bathroom is who alerted staff or security of this that he was in the bathroom there was a subject with a knife who had also pulled a gun out on him and pointed that gun at him," said Sgt. Trent Crump.

Police say the man, identified as Ryan J. McEwan, was actually armed with two hunting knives and a .45 semi-automatic handgun.  Officers managed to take one of the knives before the man holed up in the bathroom with the other weapons.

"Hospital staff did an outstanding job keeping this isolated to the public area," said Crump.

Due to the nature of this incident al spokesperson for the hospital tells us that officials here plan to review certain policies and procedures to see what more can be done if anything to prevent something like this from happening again.

"We're open 24/7 365.  The safety of those patients and employees is paramount for us.  We will do an after action report and learn from the opportunities that may have been presented and be discussing those situations with Phoenix Police Department as well," said Jones.

Around 6 a.m., the man surrendered peacefully.  The ER re-opened a few hours later.  Everyone inside was grateful no one was hurt during the standoff.

McEwan wasn't trespassing, but will most likely face charges for pointing a gun at a patient and police.  Authorities tell FOX 10 McEwan old officers he was on meth.

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