By Kalin Krohe, Panhandle Post
A hospital in Chadron was put on lockdown after arresting a man that was armed.
At approximately 1:50 p.m. on March 25 the Chadron Police Department received a call alleging a male was armed and coming to the Chadron Community Hospital. The man was reportedly upset about a billing issue.
Shortly after Chadron police arrived on scene, the hospital went into lockdown following their protocols.
Around 2:30 p.m. officers had contact with the armed man about a block away from the hospital.
"The adult male was transported to the Chadron Police Department for further questioning without incident," said Chadron Police Chieff, Tim Lordino. "The male was cooperative with law enforcement and was subsequently released without charges around 4:00 p.m."
“This turned out to be an over-reaction on the part of the person who initially reported this allegation. I want to thank Chadron Community Hospital for their cooperation, their quick response and adherence to their lockdown protocols during this incident as well as the other law enforcement agencies that responded with us. The men and women that serve in our local area law enforcement as well as our dispatchers, did an excellent job and performed just as they are trained to do on incidents like this,” added Lordino.
Chadron Police were assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the Dawes County Sheriff’s Department.