Man who walked into Allentown hospital, instructed employees he killed his boyfriend in Lancaster County dies in jail

A Monroe County man who walked into an Allentown hospital coated in blood and instructed personnel that he had simply killed his boyfriend in Lancaster County again in 2019 has died in jail.

Performing Superintendent David Shut, of the State Correctional Establishment at Houtzdale, reported Thursday that inmate Matthew Vanzandt, 33, was discovered unresponsive in his cell on Wednesday. Jail safety and medical employees instantly responded and supplied life-saving measures till EMS arrived on the facility, in accordance with a information launch from the state Division of Corrections.

Vanzandt was pronounced lifeless at 8:11 p.m.

Vanzandt was serving a 12- to 24-year sentence for first-degree homicide, in accordance with the information launch. He had been at SCI Houtzdale since September 17, 2021. In accordance with state coverage, Pennsylvania State Police at Clearfield have been notified and can conduct an investigation. The official explanation for loss of life shall be decided by the Clearfield County Coroner’s Workplace.

Vanzandt stabbed 31-year-old Ian Shannon at Shannon’s Dickens Drive dwelling in Lancaster Township. Vanzandt was arrested at St. Luke’s Hospital Allentown within the 1700 block of Hamilton Road.

Manheim Township police have been dispatched to Shannon’s dwelling within the 400 block of Dickens Drive shortly earlier than 1 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a potential home disturbance. Officers reported neither seeing nor listening to indicators of a disturbance and stated nobody answered the door, in accordance with courtroom data.

Township police have been then known as about 3:15 a.m. to conduct a welfare examine on the similar handle after Vanzandt reportedly walked into St. Luke’s Hospital and instructed personnel there that he killed his boyfriend.

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An emergency room nurse instructed police that Vanzandt got here in in search of therapy for an injured hand. He described Vanzandt as being “saturated in blood,” in accordance with data.

Vanzandt instructed hospital personnel that he had stabbed his boyfriend, in accordance with data. When requested by hospital safety whether or not he had any weapons, he instructed them the knife he used was in his backpack.