An armed man whose presence caused both Roswell hospitals to go on lockdown Monday afternoon was later found to be an employee of a security company that does business with Lovelace Regional Hospital.
The employee, Chaves County Sheriff Herrington said, does not face any criminal charges as a result of the incident.
“He was there to pick up money for his armored car division and he was there legitimately,” Mike Herrington said.
Herrington said the confusion came about because Lovelace just started doing business with the company and did not recognize the uniform the man was wearing.
The man was found at about 2:30 p.m. by local law enforcement in the parking lot at Walmart where he was also picking up money.
Lovelace, located in the 100 block of East 19th Street, was placed on lockdown at 1:15 p.m. after an individual reported seeing a male in all black with a rifle, who then left the hospital in an older model white van.
Eastern New Mexico Medical Center on West Country Club Road was also placed on a lockdown as a precaution in case an alleged gunman decided to target that hospital.
Whitney Marquez, communications Manager, in a statement issued at about 3:30 p.m., said that the lockdown had been lifted, that security personnel remained on the scene monitoring the situation and that the emergency room and hospital remained open.
“We are working with local authorities to determine the facts related to this incident. The safety of our employees and patients is our top priority and therefore, in an abundance of caution, we temporarily placed the hospital on lockdown. That lockdown has been lifted,” Marquez said in a statement.
Brook Linthicum, marketing director for Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, also said Monday afternoon that their lockdown was lifted.
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