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Man shot by SD police arrested after leaving hospital

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SAN DIEGO (CBS8) -  Robert McBride's wife says she and her husband did nothing wrong by signing him out of Scripps hospital in La Jolla.

"Yeah I drove him home," she told News 8. "They helped him in the car with his belongings."

Scripps Health released this statement saying, "Because he was not in police custody, the patient was able to sign himself out of the hospital earlier today and was discharged accordingly."

"It's really not their responsibility to hold the person," said Lieutenant Todd Jarvis. "If the person has been charged and there's a guard on a person that's a different scenario. This was a citizen receiving medical care and they're under no obligation to call us."

But the fact he left without detectives knowledge led to a search of the hospital grounds on foot and by air using San Diego Police helicopter ABLE's infrared camera.

Robert McBride was in the hospital recovering from a gun shot wound to the chest he received last Wednesday during an officer involved shooting.  According to police, he pointed a replica handgun at an officer in Mira Mesa and the officer shot McBride.

It's not his first brush with the law, in 2006 he was charged with fighting in public. In 2008 he was popped for grand theft and in 2010 he added burglary to his criminal history. He was serving probation for both of the last two.

McBride was tracked down at a home near 52nd and University late Thursday night.

"Officers did locate him and took him into custody for the warrants," said Lt. Jarvis.

Police spoke to McBride's wife about what transpired and discovered she'd spent several hours with him inside his room at the hospital before walking right out the door.

"She had a different understanding of how all of this was going to go down," said Lt. Jarvis.

McBride faces charges for two probation violations and Homicide Investigators say they expect to file other charges regarding last week's incident.

While there's no specific details regarding McBride's medical condition; police say he will be heading to the jail and not the hospital.

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