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Brief lockdown at Clinton hospital

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

CLINTON, Iowa (MCT) – Mercy Medical Center initiated a lockdown procedure Tuesday morning after an individual left without receiving treatment.

According to a news release, the Clinton Police Department responded at 3:49 a.m. to Mercy Medical Center North, in reference to an individual at the hospital saying he was having violent thoughts. The person left the hospital without receiving treatment.

Officers arriving at the scene began searching for the individual, eventually locating the person at 4:07 a.m. in the 1700 block of Roosevelt Street. The individual was transported to Mercy for treatment.

However, officers were dispatched once again to Mercy at 9:29 a.m. because the individual left before treatment was completed. As a precaution, the hospital initiated a lockdown. Officers searching the area located the individual a short time later and transported the individual back to Mercy for treatment.

The lockdown was lifted after hospital administration re-assessed the event.

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