Nurse shot inside Ocala hospital, police say

Suspect bit 2 troopers in struggle, report says

OCALA, Fla. – Ocala police said a nurse was shot inside a hospital Saturday afternoon.

The nurse was shot about 3 p.m. in West Marion Regional Center at 4600 Southwest Court in Ocala, police said.


Prior to the shooting, the Florida Highway Patrol said troopers approached a man walking near I-75 three different times. On the third time, the man asked for medical attention because he was feeling ill.

Troopers took the man, later identified as Jason Gignac, 38, of Summerfield, to the hospital to be treated. Just as they were about to release him, Gignac got into a fight with three troopers, pulled a gun from one of them and shot a nurse in the leg, the FHP said.

The nurse is in stable condition, the FHP said. Gignac bit at least two of the troopers, according to the arrest report. One trooper suffered a minor head injury.

Gignac was taken to Marion County Jail and charged with three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, one count of resisting an officer with violence and one count of resisting an officer without violence, troopers said.

Gignac was ordered held without bond.

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