78-year-old who fired a gun inside Covenant HealthCare facing 6 charges

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SAGINAW (WJRT) (10/27/2017) - The 78-year-old man accused of firing a gun as a patient at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw was arraigned this week on six charges.

Arthur Kickland of Sanford is charged with one count of discharging a firearm inside a building, four counts of felonious assault and one count of resisting or obstructing a police officer. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.

Kickland became disruptive with staff at the hospital at 700 Cooper St. on the night of Oct. 14. During an altercation, Kickland allegedly pulled out a small caliber handgun.

That prompted staff to hastily exit the room and evacuate another patient in the room. Security was called on an emergency alert.

While Kickland was alone in the room, he allegedly fired one gunshot that didn't injure anyone and caused minimal damage. That led to an active shooter alert, which summoned police from several agencies.

Two officers who are part of Saginaw's Emergency Response Team led officers into Kickland's room. Police say Kickland initially did not respond to commands for him to drop the gun, so they deployed a Taser on him.

Kickland was taken into custody a short time later. Police talked with Kickland in the room for nearly an hour before releasing him from custody, allowing him to remain at the hospital and continue treatment.

A hospital security officer was stationed with Kickland 24/7 after the incident until he was released.

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