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Redwood City Police Department
Friday October 11th, 2019 :: 04:54 p.m. PDT


Attempt Murder Suspect Arrested


DATE/TIME: October 11, 2019 at 6:33 a.m.
LOCATION: Kaiser Hospital, 1100 Veterans Blvd. Redwood City, Ca.
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Attempted Murder


On October 11, 2019, at 6:33 a.m. Redwood City Police Officers responded to a report of an active shooter inside the Kaiser Hospital Emergency room. A reporting party advised shots were heard and that a male subject was brandishing a knife inside the hospital lobby.

The first responding officers arrived onscene within two minutes of the call and immediately entered the hospital and located the suspect. The suspect immediately complied with officer’s verbal commands and dropped a large knife and what was later determined to be a realistic replica handgun onto the floor. The suspect was taken into custody and placed under arrest without further incident.

The suspect, 56-year-old Thomas Smith of Redwood City, threatened a Kaiser employee with the knife and brandished the replica handgun while threatening to kill him. Officers later determined no shots were fired and no victims were injured during the incident.

Smith was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a minor, self-inflicted injury and he was later booked into the San Mateo County jail for various charges including attempted murder, brandishing a deadly weapon and making terrorist threats.

Redwood City Police Department Detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Ed Conover at 650-780-7159.

This Press Release is approved for distribution by Watch Commander Lieutenant Ted Henson.

Redwood City Police Department
1301 Maple St
Redwood City, CA 94063

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-780-7100

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