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Police: Patient stabbed hospital worker

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SMITHFIELD — Police are continuing their investigation of a weekend stabbing of a hospital employee at Johnston Health.

Police Capt. Ryan Sheppard said a patient identified as 25-year-old Connor Phillip Sullivan stabbed 52-year-old Eric Hammond, a hospital employee, at 6:13 p.m. Saturday while awaiting treatment in the emergency room.

“The hospital staff member suffered a life-threatening injury,” said Sheppard. “Sullivan fled the hospital on foot and was caught two blocks away by members of the Smithfield Police and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.”

Sullivan was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was booked into the Johnston County Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond.

He was scheduled to make his first appearance Monday in Johnston County Superior Court.

Hospital spokeswoman Suzette Rodriguez said Hammond was listed in fair condition Monday morning.

Sheppard said he couldn’t disclose a motive and didn’t say whether Sullivan was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or whether he was suffering from a cognitive impairment. He described the investigation as “rapidly evolving.”