Retired Las Vegas detective speaks on UMC stabbing


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How did a patient get a hold of a knife?

That’s a question being asked as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department continues to investigate a fatal stabbing at valley hospital early Thursday morning.

A frightening moment at UMC Hospital when a patient in the psych ward stabbed two other patients, killing one. LVMPD saying this all happened in a secure area of the hospital. Retired LVMPD Detective Phil DiPalma says these secure areas are supposed to help contain a potential threat.

“There’s no sharp objects. There’s nothing that can harm that person or another individual,” he said.

RELATED STORY: 1 dead, 1 injured in stabbing at University Medical Center

Investigators are trying to determine how the suspect, described as a man in his 40’s, got a knife. DiPalma says in a secure facility a search would have been done when admitted to ensure a psych patient had nothing to hurt anyone.

“To have someone come in there with a weapon that could do more damage especially, when that individual is maybe not well or in the right state of mind,” he said.

UMC Hospital released a statement saying in part:

“Our entire team feels the weight of this tragedy, and words cannot express the profound sympathy we feel for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one following this senseless act of violence.”

It went on to say Southern Nevada has an urgent need for more mental health services and specialized facilities, saying quote:

“…behavioral health patients …

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