Thursday, 03 September 2015 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • Police in Texas Hospital Shoot Patient in the Chest

    By Aaron Miguel Cantú, Truthout | Report

    Three days after police shot him, Alan Pean was awake and in stable condition. His brother, Christian Pean, says his condition is improving. (Photo: Christian Pean)Three days after police shot him, Alan Pean was awake and in stable condition. His brother, Christian Pean, says his condition is improving. (Photo: Christian Pean)Christian Alexander Pean, a fourth-year medical student in New York City, had been anxiously texting his father in Houston throughout the morning to inquire about his younger brother, Alan Christopher Pean, a patient at St. Joseph Medical Center in Texas. The night before, on August 26, Alan had called his parents to tell them he was in the middle of a panic attack.

    "We knew it was an acute mental health crisis," Christian told Truthout. Alan's parents implored their son to seek help, so Alan, a student at the University of Houston, drove himself to the hospital. While in the parking lot, he experienced a severe mental health episode and crashed into multiple parked cars. He was treated for possible injuries in the emergency room, and officially admitted to the hospital early the next morning, when he was transferred to the medical psychiatric ward on the eighth floor.

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