A patient was arrested in connection with an assault Tuesday at Napa State Hospital, a spokeswoman for the state psychiatric facility said Wednesday. A union representative said the injured staff member was a psychiatric technician.
Napa State spokeswoman Deborah Moore said in a statement that a nursing employee was injured “during an aggressive incident by a patient.”
The staff member was treated at a local hospital, Moore said.
The hospital did not release the names of the patient or the staff member or any detail as to the time of the incident.
Napa County jail’s logs indicate that Napa State Hospital patient David Franco, 34, was booked at 11 a .m. Wednesday on suspicion of battery. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Napa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Paul Gero said his office had not yet received the reports from Napa State Hospital.
Brad Leggs, a representative for the psychiatric technician union, said he understands the incident occurred sometime between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. during a “take down” when staff members place a patient in a restraint to calm the person down.
The incident apparently occurred outside the hospital’s high-security zone on a unit housing non-criminal patients, Leggs said.
One staff person suffered a leg fracture, he said.
“Sometimes things can get explosive, and here we are,” he said.