Chambersburg Hospital security officer given concussion following alleged outburst by patient

09 February 2024- A Newville man that was in the Chambersburg Hospital Behavioral Health Unit is facing a felony charge after allegedly clocking a security guard in the head, causing a concussion. Justin Mitchell Miller is charged with felony aggravated assault against designated individuals and is free on an unsecured bail of $35,000.

Chambersburg PD were initially dispatched to the Hospital’s ER around 3:25pm on January 30th for a reported assault. That person being treated, CPD learned, was a security guard who had been allegedly assaulted by a behavioral health unit patient.

Officers spoke to another security officer, with them saying they were told that around 1:30pm, the officer being treated and several other security officers were in the BHU for a mental health hearing for another patient. It was at this time that Justin Miller, an patient in the BHU unrelated to the ongoing hearing, exited his room and confronted the security officer for an unknown reason. This immediately became physical, police say, as the officer tried to calm Miller down to no avail. It was at this point that Miller allegedly punched the victim in the back of the head, sending the officer to the ground. Miller was quickly detained and sedated.

Staff in the Chambersburg Hospital ER evaluated the victim, diagnosing him with a concussion as a result of the incident.

Justin Mitchell Miller is awaiting his next court date on February 27th.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39201-CR-0000053-2024, Docket Number: MJ-39201-CR-0000053-2024