Veteran shoots, wounds doctor before mental health check

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — A double-amputee Army veteran shot and wounded a doctor just before a mental health evaluation at a veterans’ hospital in Florida, authorities said.

Larry Ray Bon, 59, of Michigan, arrived at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach on Wednesday morning and was combative for hours, according to the FBI. Authorities said Bon was taken to the emergency room that evening for the mental health evaluation, when he pulled out a gun and shot the doctor in the neck.

‘‘During the shooting, in between shots, the doctor saw an opportunity to jump on the suspect and disarm him,’’ Justin Fleck, the assistant special agent in charge for the FBI’s Miami office, said in a Palm Beach Post report .


‘‘He’s a pretty heroic individual and probably saved a lot of lives,’’ Fleck said.

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It was not clear how Bon was able to bring the gun into the hospital.

Another hospital employee was grazed by a bullet. VA spokeswoman Mary Kay Rutan says the doctor was treated at a West Palm Beach hospital and released. The doctor’s name was not released.

The medical center opened for scheduled appointments Thursday.