Woman Arrested After Using Pepper Spray In ER

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A woman is facing charges after deploying pepper spray in a local hospital’s waiting room during an argument.

According to police, the woman was allegedly upset with how long the nurse was taking and took her anger out on her fiancée.

Eight people, including three nurses at Magee Women’s Hospital, were all affected by pepper spray that Chakeda Hamilton is accused of spraying.

According to the criminal complaint, patients overheard Hamilton getting extremely upset about a nurse taking too long.

Witnesses then heard Hamilton arguing with her fiancée.

With her 2-year-old son in the same room, police said Hamilton took out pepper spray and sprayed her fiancée’s face.

The fumes spread throughout the room, affecting another patient, as well as nurses and a secretary.

A spokesperson for UPMC said that bystanders were removed and the area was ventilated. However, patient care was not interrupted.

Hamilton was taken into custody and her son was placed in the care of her fiancée.

Hamilton is facing eight counts of recklessly endangering another person as well as endangering the welfare of a child.


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