INFORMATION RELEASE

Subject: Threats Lead to Hospital Lockdown
Date: 2020-12-04
From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #201203-004
Summary:

On 12/03/2020, at about 8:49 AM, the Juneau Police Department received a report that a 56-year-old male Juneau resident had made threatening comments towards medical staff of the Bartlett Regional Hospital Emergency Room. The initial report received by police indicated that the man had said he wanted to get a gun and shoot hospital staff. The comments were made at a location outside the hospital, located in the downtown area.

As a precaution, the Bartlett Regional Hospital went into a lockdown, with additional screening for patients and visitors until the situation could be resolved. During that time, JPD assisted hospital security with additional staff to monitor the premises.

JPD attempted to contact the man who made the statements and continued their search throughout the day. At about 9:00 PM, the man was located in the 300 block of Whittier Street. The man was interviewed by police and it was determined the threats were not credible. The man told police that he had made the comments out of frustration he experienced with a recent visit to the emergency department.

JPD consulted with state and local prosecutors about possible criminal charges, but it was determined that no crime had been committed.

 

All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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