Jefferson admits losing temper to police in body cam video
Body cameras were strapped on and rolling as the Paducah Police Department arrested orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Jefferson on Wednesday.
In the video, Jefferson looks shocked to hear from police that Baptist Health Paducah is pressing charges.
"What I said was, the only way I’m going to get a response out of anyone at this facility is to go home and get a gun," said Jefferson to the police. "That’s what I said. I don’t have any intention of hurting anyone. I didn’t have any intention. It was said flippantly, and I didn’t mean it. And I regret saying it."
Jefferson goes on to say he told administration his equipment wasn’t cleaned; but 11 hours later, he says nothing changed. Jefferson told police, "There was bone and bone cement from the previous patient in my tray. That’s what I lost my temper over."
Police escorted Jefferson out of the building, where they handcuffed him and put him in the back of a squad car.
Jefferson’s lawyer says he was quickly released on bond.
Jefferson is accused of having what the police report described as a "melt-down" during surgery at Baptist Health Paducah on Tuesday.
The police report says the doctor made remarks about bringing in an assault rifle.
Baptist Health Paducah released a statement on Friday. It says:
"Our priority at Baptist Health Paducah is the health and safety of our patients, visitors, staff and physicians. We have checks and balances to keep anything harmful from reaching our patients. Equally important, for the protection of everyone on our campus, we do not tolerate threatening language or behavior. We take seriously the responsibility and privilege of caring for our community."
Paducah Police Chief Brandon Barnhill says the arrest was in the best interest of the hospital and community.