Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville returned to a relatively normal operation this afternoon after an hours-long lockdown prompted by a threatening phone call.
City police spoke to the former patient who called in the threat and took a report, according to police and hospital officials.
The hospital secured all entrances save the emergency room for about two hours until police found the caller. Some entrances remain secured and two security guards are assigned the halls, but the hospital is back to business as usual, said St. Charles Health System spokeswoman Lisa Goodman.
Prineville Police police declined to identify the caller, and will forward the report to the Deschutes County District Attorney, said police Capt. Michael Boyd. The caller was treated at the St. Charles Bend emergency room Wednesday, then called afterward and made a threatening comment using the word gun, according to Goodman and Boyd. The caller said he planned on arriving today at Pioneer Memorial for further treatment, prompting the hospital to secure its entrances and advise the public to stay away.
He declined to characterize what charge, if any, police may prefer in this instance.
“People in crisis can call a medical facility and say things unnerving that may not rise to the level of a crime,” he said.