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Police investigating false threats of violence at Sparrow Hospital

Scott Rodgerson

The Lansing Police Department is investigating a false threat of violence that occurred early Monday at Sparrow Hospital.

In a statement, the department said officers were dispatched to Sparrow early Monday morning after it received multiple reports of a person with an AR-15. Police also say the individual issued a bomb threat to the hospital.

Officers said they searched the building and found no threat at Sparrow. They believe the threat was a swatting incident and that “there is no credible threat to the public.”

Police are continuing to investigate the false threat and search for a suspect.

Lansing Police Public Information Director Jordan Gulkis said the department is not commenting on the investigation.

The Lansing police department takes swatting calls very seriously," the department said in a statement. "Calls like this take the majority of our resources, especially because they tend to happen at large building like Sparrow Hospital. They are very costly from a time and resource standpoint."

This is a developing story.

Arjun Thakkar is WKAR's politics and civics reporter.
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