Man charged after attacking Smithfield hospital worker with knife, police say

Johnston County News

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – A Johnston County hospital worker is recovering after suffering major injuries in a knife attack in a Smithfield hospital Saturday evening, police say.

The worker, later identified as Eric Hammond, 52, was attacked by a suspect who was being treated in the hospital, officials say.

The incident happened around 6:15 p.m. at the emergency department of Johnston Medical Center, according to a news release from Smithfield police.

A suspect was waiting for medical treatment when he assaulted Hammond with a knife, police said.

Connor Phillip Sullivan, 25, was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, police said.

The suspect fled the hospital on foot and was captured about two blocks from the hospital by Smithfield police and Johnston County deputies, officials said.

Smithfield police said late Saturday night that Hammond was in stable condition.

Johnston Health later provided a statement to the media:

There was an incident in our Smithfield Emergency department this evening and one of our coworkers was injured. The safety of employees and patients is our top priority.

Smithfield Police are investigating, and we’re cooperating fully. Our thoughts and prayers are with our employee and our employee’s family.

Sullivan is being held on a $60,000 secured bond in the Johnston County Jail.

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