Yellow police tape on Wednesday cordoned off an area of 2700 block of Alamo Street in Simi Valley, where an officer shot a man who’d fled the hospital, where he’d been detained on a mental health hold.

Simi Valley police said an officer shot a man who was wielding a piece of wood Wednesday after fleeing from a hospital where he’d been detained on a mental health hold.

The man’s wounds were not life-threatening, police said. 

The Simi Valley Police Department said in a news release that officers received a report at 3:38 p.m. of a “mentally distressed” man who had fled from Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 Sycamore Drive.

Clad in hospital pants but no shirt, the man ended up about a quarter mile away, where he entered a medical clinic in the 2700 block of Alamo Street and went to the second floor, where he broke a window, according to authorities. Police Sgt. Craig Dungan said authorities didn’t know why the man chose that clinic to enter.


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Employees in the clinic said they heard a noise in the stairway that scared them, so they stayed with patients in closed rooms while they called police.

Police said they were already in pursuit of the man and arrived within moments.

Police said the man had broken a wooden bench and was wielding a piece of it when he ran downstairs to meet two officers who responded. 

“The subject was highly agitated and uncooperative with officers who were attempting to take him into custody. The subject was in possession of a blunt object and refused to cooperate. During the confrontation, officers shot at the subject,” police said in the news release. 

The man, later identified as Sean Michael Fernandez, 46, of Simi Valley, suffered a…