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A police officer was shot at an Upstate hospital early Thursday after responding to a report of a man who had a gun, authorities said.

State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said police responded shortly after 2 a.m. to a call from staff in the emergency department of Laurens County Memorial Hospital in Clinton. An officer from the Greenville Health Authority Police Department arrived on scene shortly thereafter and took gunfire from the man. The officer, who has since been treated and released, returned fire.

Sarah Moore, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said the officer was shot after trying to speak with the armed person, at which point the officer returned fire. A highway patrolman was also on the scene accompanying the officer.

SLED identified the suspect as 27-year-old Kevin Boyce Patterson. He has been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and pointing and presenting a firearm.

Patterson was visiting the hospital with another person who was being seen by staff at the emergency department at the time.  

Authorities stated that Patterson was struck in the arm.

Greenville Health Authority Police Department and SLED are investigating.

Laurens County Memorial Hospital is owned and operated by Prisma Health.

This shooting comes just one day after a gunman in Orangeburg entered a hospital there and shot and an employee at Regional Medical Center. Abrian Dayquan Sabb, a 23-year-old resident of Casa Court in Orangeburg, faces one count each of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to arrest warrants released by authorities.

A magistrate on Thursday denied bond for Sabb. 

Greg Yee contributed to this report. 

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Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.

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