Threat directed at Bristol Hospital, lockdown lifted

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are looking for a man who said he was going to shoot people at Bristol Hospital and then shoot himself.

“Around 3:45 this morning the hospital was put in lockdown mode after a threat was called in,” said Eva Wickwire, assistant vice president of Bristol Hospital.

Bristol Hospital is the center of a police investigation after they say a man made threats over the phone to shoot people at the hospital and then shoot himself.

“Right away we contacted the police department and they do an excellent job getting on scene right away,” Wickwire said.

A Bristol police cruiser is stationed outside an entrance to Bristol Hospital after a telephoned threat was made, June 6, 2014.
A Bristol police cruiser is stationed outside an entrance to Bristol Hospital after a telephoned threat was made, June 6, 2014.

Several Bristol police officers responded to 41 Brewster road. The hospital was put in lockdown mode for two hours. Officers guarded the entrance to the emergency room at Goodwin Street. Patients had to be diverted to nearby hospitals.

“At no point were any employees or patients in danger and everybody was kept safe,” Wickwire said.

Officers made a sweep of the hospital grounds, but the sweep did not reveal any suspects or anything suspicious.

“We have a large campus here in Bristol and the police have done a very thorough job at looking at every spot on the campus,” Wickwire said.

Wickwire says they are ready in any emergency situation. “We have a full safety protocol and procedure in place for any emergency that takes place,” she said. “Emergency drills go on regularly throughout the year to prepare for these situations.”

Friday’s alert was the latest threat police have had to deal with in the city. Over the past week and a half there have been several threats called in at schools across the city. No explosives have ever been found. Three arrests of students have been made in connection with the school threats.

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