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Police respond to incident Friday at VA medical clinic in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs police decided not to arrest a man who became upset Friday morning inside the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Colorado Springs.

At around 8:30 a.m., police responded to a call about a possible active shooting situation at the clinic near the intersection of Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard.

Another call stated that the unidentified man, apparently a patient in the clinic's third-floor mental health ward, was armed with razor blades and may have threatened others or himself.

Police determined that the man had no weapons, and that no one was hurt.

Christopher Willner, an Army veteran, was at the clinic for an appointment when the incident happened.

"We started hearing some sort of code being called over he speaker system," he said. "People started running down from upstairs asking someone to call the police or 911. Everyone seemed surprised by it. The voice on the speaker system sounded panicked. They prepared to evacuate the building but ultimately decided not to."

Willner said the situation lasted 10 to 15 minutes before authorities declared it under control, and that he wasn't worried.

"There are security officers but no metal detectors or anything like that," he said. "It wouldn't hurt to have more security, but I don't think it'd be foolproof."

It's unclear why the man was upset.


Colorado Springs / Local News / Military

Scott Harrison

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  1. “At around 8:30 a.m., police responded to a call about a possible active shooting situation at the clinic near the intersection of Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard.”
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    The initial alarm brought back not-too-distant memories of the shootings at the Planned Parenthood clinic just around the corner, which was almost 4 years ago. Thankfully this one turned out to be nothing in comparison.

    1. You’re right. And I haven’t seen much in the news recently to indicate that the waiting times for appointments have been improving. I’m just hoping that no news is good news, in that case.

  2. In other words a dissatisfied customer of the VA got angry at the shoddy treatment he was receiving and spoke tersely about it and its all “active shooter OMG”.

    The rush to panic we see in our culture and media is truly pathetic.

    1. Sounds to me like the incident wasn’t handled properly by the VA. Using codes to announce incidents in public places generally causes unnecessary concern among those who don’t know the meanings of those specific codes. And it sounds like the “guards” weren’t even there.
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      But I can’t see what part the media played in the incident other than reporting the facts about what happened…

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