Man assaults Doctor with cane, Doctor pulls Glock

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    Doctor pulls gun on former patient

    Interesting that he had to go retrieve it from another room, good that nobody got shot, but I personally don't believe this guy was in fear of his life or grave bodily harm... but apparently the Dr. is free and clear, so I guess it was deemed warranted.

    Friday, February 08, 2008

    PORT ST. LUCIE — — A pain-management doctor pulled a gun on a former patient Tuesday after the man reportedly caused a disturbance in the office waiting room and hit the doctor with his cane, police said.

    David Hungerford, 51, of Vero Beach was charged with aggravated battery and breach of peace after he reportedly refused to leave the office of Dr. David M. Glener and began yelling that he was billed for services he didn't receive, reports state.

    Glener told police Hungerford ripped his shirt and struck him with a walking cane, prompting the doctor to retrieve his 9mm Glock handgun and point it upward while telling Hungerford he would use necessary force to defend himself.

    Hungerford took a video of Glener and promised to post it on the YouTube Web site, reports say. The video, posted on YouTube - Broadcast Yourself., shows Hungerford in his bedroom speaking for 20 minutes and blasting Glener and other Treasure Coast doctors for refusing to treat him because of an extensive cocktail of painkillers he reportedly was prescribed by an earlier doctor.

    Glener's receptionist, Sokum Avila, told police Hungerford entered the office at 1599 S.E. Lennard Road Tuesday afternoon complaining the doctor was harassing him for an unpaid bill dating to July. Hungerford also demanded to see the doctor and said Glener's refusal to prescribe him medications was "inhumane," Avila said.

    Employees asked Hungerford repeatedly to leave, witnesses said. When Glener heard the commotion he went to the waiting room and was grabbed and scratched by Hungerford, who also struck the doctor with his walking cane, reports state. Glener said he injured his right shoulder trying to deflect the attack and went into another room to retrieve his 9mm Glock handgun.

    He stood in the doorway with the gun pointed upward and Hungerford left, Glener said. The doctor later told police he had torn his right rotator cuff and would undergo surgery Thursday to repair it.

    Reached at his home, Hungerford denied striking the doctor and said he wants to pursue charges against Glener. He claimed an office worker grabbed him and prevented him from leaving the office.

    In the video, Hungerford said he's "not very good with confrontations" so he "invested in about three beers" before going to Glener's office to confront him about collection agency notices for an overdue $25 co-pay bill.

    The self-employed computer consultant said he's been on a heavy dose of painkillers since his third back surgery 21/2 years ago and said he switched doctors because it was costing too much to drive to Boynton Beach for care. Glener told police he declined to treat Hungerford because he "refused intervention pain procedures" and was "only interested in receiving controlled substances."

    Police said Glener has a valid concealed-weapons permit and arrested Hungerford on two criminal charges Wednesday. He was released from the St. Lucie County jail Thursday on $20,250 bond.

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    Sad that's what it took... but the worst part about it is that we have to deal with these kinds of patients on a daily basis.

    They're always looking to "get their fix"... Notice, the guy was bitching about a $25 copay when he was looking for a prescription for a cocktail of painkillers that would likely cost far more than that.

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    I agree. And $25 is nothing compared to the $20,250 bail!
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    Glener told police Hungerford ripped his shirt and struck him with a walking cane, prompting the doctor to retrieve his 9mm Glock handgun and point it upward while telling Hungerford he would use necessary force to defend himself.
    Sounds clean to me.

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    Never bring a cane to a gun fight.......
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    Doctor pulls gun on former patient
    LOL---health-care?

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    I guess if ya go to a pain specialist who offers you intervention pain procedures,if he shoots ya in the foot i bet ya forget about your back pain real quick

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    Going to war over $25.00 is not a smart thing to do. And what the good Dr. did wasn't too smart either - should have just had the receptionist call the police.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J View Post
    Never bring a cane to a gun fight.......
    Nor should one drink three beers before taking that cane to the gun fight...
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    Quote Originally Posted by walvord View Post
    what the good Dr. did wasn't too smart either - should have just had the receptionist call the police.
    I wonder why he got away with the display. He was able to leave the immediate area and then chose to come back and potentially escalate the situation. I'm wondering if there was some contributing factor as to why Doc Glock isn't looking at charges too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by czydj View Post
    I wonder why he got away with the display. He was able to leave the immediate area and then chose to come back and potentially escalate the situation. I'm wondering if there was some contributing factor as to why Doc Glock isn't looking at charges too...
    I dunno. The news reports usually leave pertinent info out. This one though (among others) may have helped.
    he reportedly refused to leave the office
    oh and the parts about the 3 or so beers because he wasn't "good" with confrontations. I suspect with this probably drunk guy yelling beligerently, refusing to leave, attacking the doc with his cane...

    Notice it doesn't say WHERE the doc retrieved his glock from. It could have just been in the next room which may not have been OUTSIDE the office. This guy could have been blocking the exit in some fashion. Either way...the ding dong is getting what was coming for him.
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    hehe, I had to chuckle when I thought of this... Anyone remember those Head On commerical for that headache stick? I can now see this Doc in a similar commercial

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    If he shot him....he'd treat him....bill him again......HAHA

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