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Potassium Cyanide Scare Closes ER At Memorial Health Care

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UPDATE: Police are pursuing criminal charges after a 21-year-old's suicide attempt that shut down part of Owosso Memorial Healthcare hospital earlier Friday. The man is currently in serious condition. Police coducted a field test and the results came back positive.

OWOSSO, Mich. (WLNS) - A suicide attempt in Owosso has shut down part of Memorial Health Care hospital.

Police believe a man tried to ingest Potassium Cyanide. Due to the risk of off-gas coming from the man, police and emergency personnel are wearing protective gear and working on decontaminating officers, police cars and the hospital.

The hospital is not accepting any new patients and they are taking extra precautions with patients who were already in the emergency room prior to the man's arrival. At this time the hospital cannot confirm if it was Potassium Cyanide, which is the reason they are taking all the precautions.

Brian Long, CEO of Memorial Health Care hospital says the hospital is working with local and state officials to properly manage the situation. Patients that need emergency assistance are being diverted to other hospitals.

6 News Reporter Joe Khalil will have more on this story tonight on 6 News.

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