December 9, 2013 9:10 am -

Our gun culture once again brings a story unfit for a civilized society. Police negotiated Monday morning with a gunman who is locked inside a Phoenix hospital who is now in custody.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said the suspect was contained in a bathroom inside Phoenix Baptist Hospital’s emergency room early Monday morning. He was taken into custody following negotiations with a SWAT team.

Crump said the man, who is believed to be in his 40s, entered the hospital around 2 a.m. local time, Fox 10 News reports.

Crump said the suspect brandished a knife as police approached him. Authorities were able to remove the knife from the man, but he then pulled out a gun. The man ran into a bathroom inside the hospital’s emergency room and locked himself in.

All emergency room workers were evacuated and there were no patients there when the man entered the area, CBS 5 reports. Police told the station that the man was acting strangely when he entered the building.