Doctor allegedly assaults nurse in hospital

Dr. Harry Hunt
Dr. Harry Hunt

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -  A Marion County emergency room physician will appear in Columbia City Court Monday morning in connection with a weekend incident.

Dr. Harry Hunt, who works at Marion General Hospital, is in police custody and faces charges of attempted aggravated assault after he allegedly attacked a nurse with a knife Saturday night.

Authorities said Hunt tried to assault a nurse in the hospital about 6 p.m., but injured himself instead. After the attack, authorities said Hunt fled into a wooded area behind the hospital. Officers searched that area for more than 6 hours, until he was caught about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Highway 44, about 5 miles away.

Hospital administrators said Hunt worked at the hospital part-time and had been employed there for about 12 years.

Authorities don't have a motive yet for the attack, but they do say Hunt and the nurse may have been in a dating relationship.

Officers say Hunt will most likely make his first appearance in court Monday.

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