Nurse Who Spoke At RNC & Worked On NYC Frontlines During Pandemic, Arrested For 'Shooting Woman In An Argument'


 
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By Maxine Shen

A West Virginia registered nurse who traveled to New York City and Texas to treat coronavirus patients at the height of the pandemic and spoke at the RNC was arrested after allegedly shooting a woman during an argument.

Amy Thorn, 39, of Williamson, West Virginia, was arrested after she allegedly shot Jonda Whitt in the abdomen, while they argued Thursday at about 5pm.

Whitt was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said Whitt is doing well and recovering at the hospital.

A police investigation revealed that an unspecified argument broke out between the two women, which led to Thorn allegedly fearing for her safety and telling Whitt that she had a gun.

Thorn then went to her car and retrieved the gun, said Williamson Police Chief Grady Dotson.

In her police statement, Thorn claimed the shooting was self-defense.

It's unclear if Whitt was armed at the time of the incident. Police said that the gun Thorn used in the shooting was legally registered and that she had a permit to carry it.

Thorn faces charges of malicious wounding and was released on a $5,000 bond.

Thorn first made local and national headlines for traveling to NYC and clocking hundreds of hours at a Brooklyn hospital when the state was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring.

On May 15, President Trump honored her frontline work during a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden.

She then went on to speak on the opening night of the Republican National Convention on August 25.

During her speech, Thorn applauded policy changes that expanded 'telehealth' appointments and allowed them to be covered by Medicare and private insurance policies.

'Increased access to telehealth for millions of Americans has truly been lifesaving, and we have President Trump to thank,' she said in her speech.



 
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