Lawyer says Jefferson was upset because of unsanitary medical supplies
"I guess administration will be happy if I come in here with an assault rifle." That’s what Dr. Ted Jefferson, an orthopedic surgeon, is accused of saying to staff members at Baptist Health Paducah.
Investigators with the Paducah Police Department say Jefferson was then asked to leave the operating room to cool down.
He did, but when he came back, he’s accused of asking co-workers, "Who’s the weasel who called administration to complain about me?"
Jefferson was told his actions would not be tolerated and was suspended for 72 hours.
The hospital contacted the police around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to update them about the situation, according to a news release from police.
Then, around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, police confronted Jefferson in the hospital parking lot.
Police say Jefferson told them he was going to his office to write administration an email.
According to the police report, officers overheard Jefferson say, "The only way to get anything done is to go home and get a pistol or rifle."
Jefferson’s lawyer says his client was upset the medical equipment was unsanitary.
"I don’t know that I can either refer to anger or mad," says Rick Straub, Jefferson’s lawyer. "It just became a concern for him that patient safety maybe at issue, and therefor he brought it to the attention of the hospital administration."
Jefferson was arrested Wednesday and charged with disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening.
WPSD did reach out to Baptist Health Paducah about the allegation of unsanitary medical supplies, but have yet to receive an answer.
Jefferson is suspended from practicing at Baptist Health Paducah.
He does not have surgical privileges at Lourdes Hospital, but he does at Lourdes Out-Patient Surgery Center.