DA Zappala Says County Worker May Have Interfered with Shick's Commitment

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DA Zappala Says County Worker May Have Interfered with Shick's Commitment


Harding, Margaret, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Thursday he believes a county employee stopped a doctor from committing John F. Shick to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic about two weeks before the troubled grad student's fatal assault there.

Someone at "the county level" determined on Feb. 21 that Shick, 30, of Oakland did not need hospitalization because he posed no threat to himself or others and had not threatened anyone, Zappala said. He would not name the doctor and said he didn't know the county employee's identity.

"This has implications that go beyond what Shick did that day," Zappala said.

Five weeks after Shick fatally shot Western Psych therapist Mike Schaab and wounded five others before University of Pittsburgh police killed him, investigators have learned more about his psychiatric history dating to at least 2005. They've tracked the guns he used and determined a likely motive.

Zappala said Shick stopped taking medication for schizophrenia in April 2011 and developed ideas he had medical ailments during visits to UPMC doctors.

"He's mad at doctors," Zappala said. "(He thought) doctors blacklisted him, misdiagnosed him. He resents the fact they aren't coming to the same conclusions. He should've been on anti-psychotic medication."

Zappala has said he is trying to determine whether UPMC, which operates Western Psych, did enough to treat Shick and whether doctors overlooked warnings, such as when Shick twice brought a baseball bat to a medical facility and his "menacing" emails to doctors.

"UPMC is still looking forward to an opportunity to discuss this case with the district attorney and believes all our professionals acted responsibly and professionally," hospital spokesman Paul Wood said in a statement.

After meetings this week with investigators and county Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Zappala said he's concerned that a county Office of Behavioral Health employee interfered.

"If this guy made a decision that overruled a doctor, I got a problem with that," he said.

Fitzgerald will look into the matter and decide whether to take action, spokeswoman Amie Downs said.

Kimberly Welsh, the office's manager for emergency and community integration services, said she could not comment on a specific case. Mental health workers at the office can authorize a doctor to involuntary commit someone, Welsh said. …

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