Arrest made in threat leading to Troy Beaumont lockdown

The Detroit News

A man could be facing charges for an alleged threat that prompted a brief lockdown Friday at Beaumont Hospital in Troy.

The suspect had relayed the threat to a girlfriend, who was at the hospital on Dequindre, Troy police Sgt. Megan Lehman said.

Investigators did not describe the message, but hospital officials said it was “an active threat of violence.”

Police soon tracked the suspect, who has not been identified, to Detroit, where he was taken into custody, Lehman said. Officers determined he needed a mental health evaluation; the man is expected to be held for 72 hours, she added.

The hospital announced the lockdown at about 5:45 p.m, saying visitors could leave but wouldn’t be allowed back in. Patients who arrived by ambulance, had life-threatening emergencies and laboring patients were permitted through the emergency center entrance.

About 45 minutes later, hospital officials said: “We no longer believe there is a threat at Beaumont Hospital, Troy and we have lifted our lockdown.”

Police said the threat did not involve an active shooter. Other details were not released.

“We are still investigating the threat, but believe there is no current threat to Troy Beaumont Hospital,” the department wrote on Twitter.

The incident follows another lockdown Wednesday at Beaumont’s Dearborn location. Investigators said the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute in Melvindale, car chase and shots fired that ended with the suspect taking his life.