A Key West man who was "pounding on the walls" of the Emergency Department at Lower Keys Medical Center is now behind the walls of a jail.
Scott Anthony Gunter, 26, was arrested Wednesday night on two felony counts of assault on an emergency medical-care provider, accused of punching a hospital nurse in the face and elbowing a doctor in the face. He remained in the Stock Island jail Friday with no bond allowed.
Two Key West police officers responded to the Stock Island hospital at 9:02 p.m. and found the two hospital employees in disarray.
According to the employees, Gunter was in the emergency room pounding on the walls of the room with his fists. When nurse Tadd Mallard told him to stop, he struck Mallard in the face.
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"That guy just cold cocked me in the face," Mallard told police.
Police say Gunter continued to hit Mallard, pinning him with his back on a hospital bed's mattress when Dr. Bruce Guerdan entered the room and tried to restrain him. Gunter then swung his right elbow at Guerdan, striking him in the face, police say.
The blow broke one of Guerdan's front teeth Mallard sustained redness and small cuts to his face and possibly a broken hand.
Arraignment information for Gunter wasn't immediately available. Neither was information about why Gunter was at the hospital.
This isn't the first incident with an ER patient at Lower Keys Medical Center.
In June, Ryan Thomas Edison, 31, was arrested, accused of punching nurse Kevin Lawson in the face. Edison was apparently irked about the hospital staff not writing him new prescriptions after his hotel housekeeper threw out his medications. Lawson, however, said his prescription was in fact filled.
Lower Keys Medical spokesman Randy Detrick could not be reached for comment.
Gunter was arrested in June 2014 on felony counts of production and manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly running a mobile meth lab out of a van on Stock Island. He was also charged with marijuana possession.
According to court records, Gunter was given probation this past April.