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Henderson officer involved in ER shooting to return to duty

Posted June 2, 2011 6:59 a.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2011 8:49 a.m. EDT

— The State Bureau of Investigation has cleared a Henderson police officer involved in a shooting at a hospital to return to duty, according to the police department.

Police Chief Keith Sidwell said the SBI is still wrapping up its investigation into the May 11 shooting at Maria Parham Medical Center. but the agency and Vance County District Attorney Sam Currin have approved Officer William Aiken to return to active duty.

Aiken shot the leg of a patient whom he had been guarding at the emergency room. Sidwell said that the patient, who was being involuntarily committed, struck Aiken in the head and knee and didn't respond to other attempts to subdue him, including using a stun gun and pepper spray.

"Officer Aiken acted appropriately within in the scope of his duties as a professional law enforcement officer," Sidwell said in a statement Wednesday. "All guidelines, rules and procedures were followed."

He said it's up to Currin to decide if charges will be filed against the patient.