54-Year-Old Webster Patient Arrested After Aberdeen Hospital Lockdown
ABERDEEN, S.D. – One person is in custody following a hospital lockdown in Aberdeen.
Around 9:30 this morning, hospital staff reported hearing gunshots coming from a patient’s room at the Aberdeen Sanford Hospital.
However, police believe the loud sounds were actually from a man in that room reportedly banging on something, giving the impression of a gun being fired.
Police say there was no gun at the scene.
According to hospital staff, the suspect, a 54-year-old Webster man, was acting belligerently before the incident.
One officer suffered minor injuries while take the suspect into custody, but no other injuries were reported.
Police say even though this was as false alarm, staff made the right call.
“In context with what the hospital was dealing with today with this patient’s behavior, it was the most important thing for them to do to protect themselves and act the way they did so we always want people to respond and make a decision,” said Aberdeen Police Chief Dave McNeil.
Criminal charges are pending against the suspect. The lockdown was lifted about an hour after the incident was reported.