Email threats lead to hospital lockdown and unfounded report of active shooter

Authorities in Garden City responded to an active shooter call Wednesday night at St. Catherine Hospital. Police said no shooter was found. (KSN Photo)

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Garden City Police Department released new information on a lockdown and a report that led to an active shooter call Wednesday night at St. Catherine Hospital.

The incident started around 7:20 p.m. The department received two reports at approximately the same time reporting a possible active shooter.

Officers of the Garden City Police Department, Finney County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Holcomb Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded. Officers arrived on scene and conducted a sweep of the facility. No shooter or victims were located.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Centura Health/Catholic Health Initiatives had received email threats referencing a civil litigation case they were involved in. As a precaution and after consultation with law enforcement, St. Catherine Hospital and the hospital in Grant County decided to initiate their security protocol and placed the hospitals on limited access based on the email threats. Neither location nor associates were named in the threat.

“We took those actions last night based upon the last email that was received yesterday evening, simply because Centura was mentioned by name, and Bob Wilson and St. Catherine are the only two Centura facilities in Kansas,” explained Scott Taylor, St. Catherine CEO.

Misinformation quickly spread through the community.

When the hospitals were placed on limited access, two people in the hospital at St. Catherine were unaware of why the hospital initiated their security protocols and contacted friends and family reporting that something was going on in the hospital. The friends and family took the information provided to them and called the police reporting a possible active shooter.

“It’s my understanding that a few staff members did have outside conversations with their friends, family, which were misconstrued as an active shooter scenario,” added Taylor.

Further investigation led police to identify a suspect, 51-year-old Scott Bain of Ulysses who allegedly was sending the earlier emails. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was able to locate and arrest Bain for aggravated criminal threat for the earlier emails.

The Garden City Police Department is assisting the Grant County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

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