Man Accused Of Killing Caseworker At Delaware County Hospital Reportedly Pleads Guilty But Mentally Ill
Forty-nine-year-old Richard Plotts reportedly entered the plea on Tuesday, July 14.
A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex now says he wants to plead guilty.
Forty-nine-year-old Richard Plotts is charged with murder, reckless endangerment and weapons counts in the July shooting death of 53-year-old Theresa Hunt inside a psychiatrist’s office at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Richard Plotts, 49, is also accused of injuring his doctor inside a “wellness center” at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, in Darby. The doctor pulled his own gun and wounded his assailant.
The man accused of killing his caseworker and causing a Delaware County medical center to be put on lockdown is out of the hospital and in prison.
Richard Plotts was able to walk into the Mercy Wellness Center carrying a gun that authorities say he used to killed his mental health caseworker and injure Dr. Lee Silverman before Silverman pulled his own gun and fired back.
Chitwood indicated that the suspect, Richard Plotts, has a long history of violence.
Authorities have found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.
Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood says Richard Plotts has been “302’d,” or committed to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, after trying to commit suicide numerous times.
Delaware County DA Jack Whelan says it was a good thing Silverman was armed, apparently against hospital policy, because Plotts had 39 spare bullets on him.