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Man escapes from Eastern State Hospital, then has standoff with law enforcement in Medical Lake

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MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. -

Rescue crews and Eastern State Hospital staff had a busy afternoon on Saturday attempting to get an escaped patient out of the water.

"He jumped into the water and has some demands," said Medical Lake Assistant Fire Chief Stevens.

Rescue crews used several methods to make sure that the escaped patient was okay.

The Sheriff's Department launched their boat, along with the Medical Lake Fire Department, to make sure the escaped patient would not harm himself or others nearby.

This is the second time in just over a month that a patient has escaped Eastern State Hospital.

In early June, 39-year-old Dustin Leeds escaped and was found at the downtown Spokane train station after several hours of searching.

The patient did eventually give up arguing with rescuers and walked out of the water and then was transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation. 

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Emergency responders are on scene of a water rescue in Medical Lake. 

Officials tell KHQ a patient from Eastern State Hospital escaped and is standing chest deep in the lake. They are trying to get him out and back up to the hospital. 

Officials say the man is asking to speak with Major Crimes detectives. 

Fire officials told us he's not a threat at the moment so they are going to wait him out. 

"He's starting to shake a little bit, so it's just a matter of him getting cold enough and coming out of the water," Medical Lake Assistant Fire Chief Stevens told KHQ.

KHQ's Peter Maxwell is on scene and we will continue to update this story as it develops. 

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