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False alarm causes increased police presence at St. Francis Medical Center

Staff member saw an armed federal employee on the campus
St. Francis Hospital
Posted at 8:55 AM, Dec 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-28 17:44:33-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — A lockdown at St. Francis Medical Center on the east side of Colorado Springs caused a lot of commotion due a false alarm about an active shooter early Wednesday.

According to Colorado Springs Police, there was no threat to the community, hospital staff, or patrons. Police tell News5 a staff member at the hospital told security they saw someone with a gun on the campus.

It turns out the person with the weapon is a federal employee at the hospital for official business. Meanwhile, another staff member at the hospital texted a family member about what was happening.

That family member misinterpreted the message as an actual shooting so police had to search the area where that employee was working.

The hospital was on lockdown status before 10:00 a.m. but was back to normal operations within the hour.


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