Felony charge links Fargo man to threat prompting Essentia lockdown
FARGO – A 45-year-old Fargo man who allegedly called a bomb threat into Essentia Hospital staff if a particular doctor wasn’t fired in 10 minutes is facing felony terrorizing charges. The threat temporarily put the hospital on lockdown.
Shawn David Hallin was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with terrorizing, a Class C felony.
According to court documents:
Police responded to a call about threats made at the Essentia’s emergency room at 3000 32nd Ave. S. at about 3:50 p.m.
Hallin had come to the ER saying he had missed an appointment and was trying to get a prescription. He told staff he had paperwork to sue the Fargo Police Department, Essentia and Prairie St. Johns psychiatric hospital. Hallin was told he needed to leave and escorted to his vehicle.
After he left, an ER staff member received a phone call in which Hallin allegedly said several times that Essentia was “going down,” and that “I have all I need in my backseat to take care of all Essentia and its staff.” Police claim the threat was contingent on Essentia firing a doctor.
The staff member told police Hallin told her he was in the parking lot when he called.
The hospital was put on lockdown, which was announced over its loudspeakers at 4:06 p.m. Patients were not allowed to leave until staff deemed it safe and two extra security personnel were called in.
Hallin could not be located and a message asking him to call dispatch was left on his cell phone.
Cass County prosecutor Gary Euren said Thursday that a warrant was requested for Hallin’s arrest.
Article written by Emily Welker of the Forum News Service