Patient phones in bomb threat, briefly locks down GW Hospital

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Benjamin Kershner

GW Hospital was briefly locked down Sunday morning as police investigated a bomb threat called in by an 82-year-old patient.

Metropolitan Police Department officers arrived at the hospital around 3:30 a.m., when the patient reported that a television told him there was a bomb in the building.

The man was “heavily medicated at the time of the incident and was suffering from a medically induced delusion,” according to MPD documents.

Officers investigated the report, but didn’t find a bomb.

Steven Taubenkibel, a spokesman for GW Hospital, said the incident lasted 15 minutes. He said officers and hospital personnel took steps to secure the building, but no patients were evacuated and patient care was not impacted.

– Brianna Gurciullo contributed to this report

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