By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — An arrest warrant was issued this week for a male patient accused of punching a female nurse at Hillcrest Hospital in Cushing.

The defendant, Bryan Shannon Armstrong, 40, of Tulsa, who has not yet appeared in court on the felony charge, was not in the Payne County Jail on Thursday afternoon, a sheriff’s spokesman told KUSH.

The victim said “she went into the room of a patient identified as Bryan Armstrong to change his clothing and bedding,” according to an affidavit by Cushing Police Officer Kyle Wright, who was sent to the hospital at 10:08 a.m. on April 15.

She said “she told Armstrong that she had to change the gown he was wearing and clean him up,” the affidavit alleged.

She said “Armstrong told her not to change his clothes and she informed him that it was her job and that she had to do it,” the affidavit alleged.

She said “when she wiped Armstrong’s back, he struck her with his fist in the right side of her body,” the affidavit alleged.

The nurse said that one of her co-workers was in the room at the time, along with a physical therapist, the affidavit alleged.

When Armstrong was asked by the officer what had happened, “he stated that the nurse was wanting to change his gown and he told her that he did not want her too.

“Armstrong said that the nurse picked up a gown and said I have to change your clothes, at which time he grabbed the gown to pull it away from the nurse, and that is when her side collided with the railing of his bed,” the affidavit alleged.

“Armstrong stated that he never would hit a woman, and that he had not hit the nurse. Armstrong then raised his bed to show me that the bed could be raised up to where the bed rail could hit the nurse’s side,” the police officer wrote in his affidavit.

When the officer spoke to the nurse’s co-worker, she said that the nurse “was explaining to Armstrong that she had to change his clothing and bedding, and at that time, Armstrong swung his arm and hit,” the nurse, the affidavit alleged.

If convicted of assault and battery on an emergency medical care provider, Armstrong could be given as much as a two-year prison term and a $1,000 fine, court records show.

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