A cardiologist with Mercy Health was arrested inside St. Elizabeth Hospital after police say he threatened to kill his wife and kids.
According to a police report, the wife of 39-year-old Dr. Allen Amorn told sheriff’s deputies that Amorn texted her on Dec. 27 saying he was going to “shoot them all” when he got home from work. He also said he had a knife and was going to kill himself.
Deputies contacted Mercy Health police, believing Amor could still be in the hospital.
“We asked St. E’s to go ahead and check on him and see if he was there and what kind of frame of mind he was in. That’s when St. E’s ended up getting into an altercation with him,” said Major Jeff Allen.
Hospital police located Amorn in the cardiac lab of the hospital. They say he was sitting at a desk, wearing scrubs, and holding his cell phone. When officers approached Allen, he stood up, grabbed a knife from his back pocket and took a fighting stance against them, the report stated.
Officers told Amorn to drop the knife several times but he refused. At one point, Amorn made a movement toward officers with the knife and they deployed their tasers to stop him, according to the police report.
Amorn was arrested and booked into the Mahoning County Jail on charges of aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, and domestic violence.
Officials at Mercy Health said “the situation is a personal matter and we cannot comment. We take the safety of our patients and employees as a priority.”
Amorn was in court Wednesday, posted bond and was released from jail.
“On all domestic violence, there is a form they sign before we release them that says they will not have any contact with the victim. If they do have contact with the victim and it is reported to us, he will be immediately arrested,” Allen said.
Amorn is charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing, and resisting arrest.
He is scheduled to appear again in court Friday.
Police have his old phone and the 8-inch knife he brandished as evidence while the case moves forward.