Penticton hospital care facility temporarily locked down after verbal threat

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PENTICTON - A fired employee threatened a manager last week, putting a long term care facility at Penticton Regional Hospital in lockdown.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, an employee of the facility who was fired threatened a manager while leaving, stating the manager 'wouldn’t make it out of the building alive,' Penticton RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says.

The hospital was initially on lockdown, but slowly became less concerned when the employee was located at his residence, where he appeared to be in a calm state of mind. The RCMP night shift was advised of the issue as a precaution. 

Interior Health Communications Officer Tara Gostelow confirms a situation had occurred Tuesday that required the health agency 'out of an abundance of caution,' to limit access to Westview Place.

Gostelow says the long term care facility is attached to Penticton Regional Hospital.

“We are not in a position to disclose the nature of the situation, but would like to stress that at no time was there a concern for the safety of the clients or the general public,” she says in a press release issued Nov. 4.

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