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Hospital bills city of Topeka for treating suspect wounded by police

April 22, 2011

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— A Topeka hospital wants to be paid for treating a 27-year-old man shot and wounded last year by police.

But the City Council is considering paying far less than the hospital's claim for nearly $200,000.

Juan Lucio was shot by police after allegedly pointing a gun at officers during a confrontation in December. WIBW-TV reports Lucio is due in court next week on charges that include aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Meanwhile, Stormont-Vail HealthCare has filed a police custody medical services claim for care of a prisoner. The hospital listed charges of almost $200,000.

WIBW says the City Council will consider approval next week of just over $29,000 for treatment, citing what is considered the Medicare rate by statute.

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