Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man they say texted a false report of an active shooter Friday at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, prompting a lockdown.
At 11:36 a.m., local 911 dispatchers received a text that said, “active shooter at legacy hospital.” The GPS showed the phone was near the medical center, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Deputies were already in the area for an unrelated issue near the hospital. They contacted security, and the hospital went into lockdown. Ambulances were also diverted per hospital protocol, the news release states.
Deputies did not observe any active threats, and there were no other reports to 911, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators linked the phone number to 42-year-old Fabian Primera. Deputies had contacted Primera on Thursday for a welfare check, according to the news release.
Deputies searched the area based on clothing descriptions from their contact with him Thursday, and they found him just west of the hospital about 30 minutes after the text. Primera had the phone with him, and deputies arrested him, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators confirmed the threat was a hoax, and officials lifted the lockdown at the hospital.
Primera was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of false reporting and interference with a health care facility, the news release states.