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Thursday , 1 October 2020

Bonnyville Medical Clinic back open after threat scare

The Bonnyville Medical Clinic is back open on Wednesday after a security lockdown yesterday afternoon.

Bonnyville RCMP received a report Tuesday afternoon just after 1:30pm of someone who may have uttered threats to “shoot up” the clinic as they were leaving the building.

Police began an extensive investigation, said Bonnyville Sgt. Kim Hillier, and there has been no followup threats since the initial incident.

“We did not put the clinic into lockdown. It was not a police-directed lockdown. It was an abundance of caution because there was some secondhand information about a disgruntled patient who may have made comments about shooting the place up,” said Sgt. Hillier.

“We have been through an extensive investigation since then. Unfortunately, because the comments were kind of under the breath walking out the building sort of situation, we’re still continuing to investigate but there’s a lot of missing information.”

Hillier said police did not receive a description of the suspect, who could face an uttering threats charge.

The investigation is ongoing.

“The safety and security of the people there is the first and most important thing,” she said.

“Unfortunately, because we have no real description of the person who said it, and we have no good leads to go on, the investigation is slow going.”

The clinic has re-opened with security protocols in place.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.