Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DARBY, Pa. Authorities hope to learn if a psychiatrist had concerns about a patient who allegedly killed a case worker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital before the doctor pulled out his own gun to protect himself.

Delaware District Attorney Jack Whelan says Dr. Lee Silverman was grazed in the temple as he exchanged gunfire with his patient, 49-year-old Richard Plotts.

Whelan says the case worker killed Thursday afternoon was 53-year-old Theresa Hunt of Philadelphia.

Authorities say Hunt had accompanied Plotts to an appointment with Silverman at a psychiatric crisis center adjacent to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.

Whelan says Plotts underwent surgery Thursday night at a Philadelphia hospital. Silverman was treated and released.

Calls to a suburban address listed for Silverman went unanswered late Thursday.


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