Man barricaded inside Laughlin Memorial Hospital taken into custody



Greeneville Police have taken David Justin Lee Story into custody after he took himself hostage at knifepoint in the emergency department of a Laughlin Hospital restroom.

Police said Story refused to comply after requests to put the knife down and surrender.

We’re told during the situation, the ER had to divert patients to a different entrance, the waiting room was closed, and the hospital had to divert EMS transports.

Story took the knife and broke a sprinkler head, causing the fire alarm to go off and water to flood the bathroom, police said.

He was taken into custody by force, where he sustained minor injuries.

Story is charged with Felony Vandalism and Disorderly Conduct. He was taken to the Greene County Detention Center and is under $45,000 bond.


Police are negotiating with a man who has barricaded himself in a restroom at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, a police spokesman confirmed to News Channel 11.

The man is alone in a bathroom at the public entrance to the E.R.

No patients or staff are in any danger, police say.

Captain Tim Davis said officers aren’t aware if the man is armed.

Davis said security personnel is not allowing people to enter the emergency department through the main entrance.

Davis said the situation has been going on since Friday afternoon.

Look for updates to this developing story.

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