Fleeing psychiatric patient triggers brief lockdown at St. Ann's

By James Peters
May 12, 2016 - 2:28pm

KAMLOOPS — St. Ann's Academy was locked down for a short time during the noon hour today, after a psychiatric patient at Royal Inland Hospital fled the emergency department.

RCMP say the lockdown lasted all of 15 minutes before the man was located and returned to the hospital.

Constable Jason Epp says the lockdown decision was made because when the man left, he was seen walking in the direction of the school.

Even so, Epp says he doesn't believe the man posed a risk to students or staff.

"I don't believe so. (The lockdown was enacted) just as a safety measure, just in case," said Epp. "As the man is under psychiatric care, we felt it was prudent to just take every safety measure that we could."

Epp notes the man never entered the school, nor did he have contact with any students.

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