Police: War flashback seen as cause of incident

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Police in a central Kentucky town say a 92-year-old man held a hospital nursing assistant at knifepoint for a brief time while apparently having a war flashback. The man was disarmed by police and arrested.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/10VcCKU ) reports Dewitt Sims, a World War II veteran, was charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Harrodsburg police Officer Brian Hislope says Sims apparently was having a flashback Thursday at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital and believed he was under threat from enemies. Sims was a patient at the Harrodsburg hospital.

Hislope says several officers rushed to a patient room, where they found Sims holding a pocket knife to the nurse's throat.

Police say the nurse was uninjured; her name was not released.

Sims was being held in the Boyle County Detention Center.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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