- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A combative patient at St. Joseph Medical Center was shot and critically wounded Thursday during a fight with two off-duty police officers who were hurt while struggling to subdue him, Houston police said.

A police statement says Alan Christopher Pean, 26, was in critical condition at St. Joseph Medical Center Thursday night with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The patient was being combative with hospital staff in his room before the staff summoned the officers, who were working off-duty as hospital security, police spokesman Kese Smith said.

The officers fired a stun gun, but it failed to subdue the patient, Smith said. The struggle escalated to the point one officer feared for his life and fired one shot, wounding the patient, he said.

Both officers suffered head lacerations and at least one of them suffered a concussion, Smith said. A police statement identified the two as Senior Police Officers O. Ortega, who shot Pean, and Senior Police Officer R. Law. Both are on leave while the shooting is investigated by the homicide and internal affairs divisions of the Houston Police Department, as well as by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

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