Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP took a man into custody without incident after he allegedly uttered threats that resulted in the Red Deer Regional Hospital going into lockdown for almost an hour last night.
RCMP responded to a report at 8 pm on August 31 that threats had been uttered toward the hospital and its staff. The suspect had attended the hospital then left again without receiving treatment, and a threat was subsequently phoned in to the hospital. The hospital staff locked down the hospital and called RCMP, who attended the hospital to contain the area and search for the suspect. At the same time, more RCMP officers were deployed to the suspect’s Kentwood residence, where he was located at approximately 8:40 pm.
The suspect was cooperative with police and was taken into custody without incident. The lockdown was lifted immediately and the hospital resumed their normal work. During the lockdown, patient services inside the hospital were not interrupted. No one was injured in this incident and RCMP did not locate any weapons at the suspect’s residence.
The 22 year old Red Deer man will face a charge of uttering threats and will undergo a mental health assessment. RCMP are not releasing his name at this time as charges have not been sworn before the courts.
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP