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Man arrested after allegedly spraying mace at officer, hospital staff in Suffolk

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Posted at 4:48 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 04:48:18-05

SUFFOLK , Va. - Police say they've arrested a man after he supposedly assaulted someone at the Emergency Room at Sentara Obici Hospital last Friday.

Officials responded around 4:39 p.m., to the location in the 2800 block of Godwin Boulevard after receiving a complaint of an individual with a concealed weapon in the Emergency Department.

When police arrived they say a man, 51-year-old Norman Ontague Ashburn, had come to the hospital earlier in the day and told the staff that he had a weapon and also allegedly displayed a badge from an out-of-state police department.

He was informed by security personnel that weapons weren’t allowed in the building and was asked to leave the facility or secure his firearm in his vehicle. The man left the facility and returned a short time later, reports say.

When asked by security personnel if the weapon was still on him, he allegedly became aggressive and attempted to go around security personnel in order to enter the Emergency Room area, where he then attempted to reach inside a front vest pocket, police say.

Ashburn allegedly utilized OC spray, commonly known as mace or pepper spray, affecting security personnel, the officer, and hospital staff.

Ashburn was arrested on charges including Injury – Caustic Agent, 2 counts of Explosive or Fire ; Impersonating Law Enforcement Officer; and Fail to Produce Weapon Permit. The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

He is currently being held at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.