Friday, December 2, 2011

Allegany County man makes weapon threats, shuts down hospital

By John Anderson

Hornell police and other authorities are investigating whether a man entered St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell with a weapon Friday before 4 p.m.

Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray said that a man entered the building and indicated verbally to hospital staff that he might be armed. No one actually witnessed the person with a weapon, and he didn’t threaten anyone or himself.

Hospital staff asked the man, who is believed to be from Allegany County, to leave. He left that area, but staff lost sight of him and were unsure whether he actually exited the hospital.

Staff placed the hospital on lockdown, but the building wasn’t evacuated. Police and staff searched the hospital, but don’t believe he is still in the premises.

Murray said officials have identified the suspect and are searching for him. Police are still on scene and have surrounded the building.

State police and Steuben County Sheriff's deputies are also on scene.

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