Bakersfield police arrest man for 2 false active-shooter reports at hospitals
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Police said 46-year-old Mario Thompson was detained Tuesday after police swarmed Memorial Hospital on what ultimately turned out to be a false report.
Police said Thompson lied to hospital staff and police, claiming, at times, to be either hospital security or a city police officer. Thompson was found Tuesday wearing a security badge and "acting suspiciously," inserting himself into the active investigation, police said.
Thompson is neither a hospital employee nor a law enforcement officer, according to police.
Thompson was also found with a pellet gun, pepper spray and prescription pills - none of which he's allowed to have. Thompson is prohibited from carrying pepper spray because he's a felon, and he was illegally in possession of the medication and pellet gun, police said.
In addition to arresting Thompson on a variety of charges for Tuesday's incident at Memorial Hospital on 34th Street, police determined he's behind this summer's active-shooter report at Mercy Southwest on Old River Road.
Both calls resulted in large police responses and hospital lockdowns, but no shots were actually fired in either incident.