Lockdown Lifted At Local Hospital; Person Responsible For Threat Identified

A lockdown was lifted late Wednesday morning at a local hospital, where security was heightened earlier in response to an unspecified phone threat.

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WACO (April 10, 2013)—A lockdown at Waco’s Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center that was initiated after an unspecified phone threat was lifted late Wednesday morning.

Police have identified the person responsible for the threat and are “handling it,” a hospital spokesman said.

“The Waco Police Department in conjunction with our own Hillcrest Security team has identified the person who made a threat to cause harm to others today, and thus an “all clear” has been issued regarding this situation while authorities continue their work in this matter,” the hospital later said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Officers responded to the hospital at around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday after the hospital reported it was receiving threats by phone, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

“We believe we know who the suspect is and he does not reside anywhere near the Waco or immediate area,” Swanton said.

“There were not any immediate threats to hospital personnel or visitors as the individual making the threats is believed to reside in another part of the state,” he said.

No arrests have been made.

For several hours Wednesday morning, security officers checked those who entered the facility, but otherwise operations were normal, a spokesman said.

Waco police officers and McLennan County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the hospital’s Interstate 35 campus, but some of the units later left the area.

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