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Man facing charges after allegedly wielding knife, threatening hospital staff

HALIFAX — Brief bedlam erupted at a hospital emergency room Thursday night in Halifax, when a man allegedly threatened staff with a knife and hurled objects.

Police say they were called to the QEII hospital's Halifax Infirmary site at about 7 p.m. for a report of a man armed with a knife.

Const. John MacLeod says the man yelled threats at hospital staff and threw items inside the waiting room after being asked to leave for causing a disturbance.

He says officers found a suspect nearby on Trollope and Rainnie streets and arrested him without incident.

Police say a 56-year-old Halifax man is facing several charges.

Khaled Samara is charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon, uttering threats and causing a disturbance.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), which operates the hospital, said it could not confirm whether the person responsible for the disturbance was a patient "out of respect for confidentiality."

"No NSHA employees or security officers were hurt as a result of this disturbance," spokesperson Kristen Lipscombe said in an email.

The Canadian Press

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