Fort Stewart increases security at hospital

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - Army officials are increasing security at Winn Army Community hospital after a recent hostage situation.

Earlier this month, a former soldier walked into the Fort Stewart hospital and took three people hostage.

Robert Anthony Quinones walked into the hospital carrying several weapons and demanded behavioral health care.

Brig. Gen. Jeffery E. Phillips said he is working with army officials to add more security measures, such as metal detectors and increased patrols.

"We have increased security, specifically in the ER. We have MPs much more frequently patrolling through there, actually going into the ER looking around," said Phillips. "I am talking to the army and higher headquarters about army guards and mags that help detect metal objects. These are all things we are looking at."

Phillips said he is working to add increased security measures not only at the Wynn, but also at other highly populated areas on base.

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