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Lompoc hospital: Recent lockdown was routine procedure out of ‘abundance of caution’

Posted at 2:25 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 19:09:15-05

Lompoc Valley Medical Center says a lockdown that occurred at the hospital Sunday night is routine procedure that happens in every emergency room across the county.

The lockdown was initiated by the House Supervisor RN out of “an abundance of caution” after a minor arrived to the hospital via ambulance and was uncooperative. The hospital’s CEO was also notified.

“Because it was unclear last night whether the stabbing was gang-related, the lockdown was a protective measure to ensure the safety of patients, medical staff, hospital staff and visitors,” hospital staff said in an email to KSBY News.

The lockdown was lifted by 7:30 p.m.

Lompoc Valley Medical Center says the lockdown did not keep patients from coming in and being treated in the ER . Security guards were posted at the ER entrance and within the facility and hospital visitors were able to leave.

“The police were actively monitoring the situation as well,” the hospital said.

The facility was also placed on lockdown last August following two shootings that occurred in the city. A hospital spokesperson says this procedure is followed at other hospitals in the area as well.

Police said Sunday night they had a difficult time locating a crime scene and have not provided further details on the investigation.

Police: minor checked into ER with stab wounds in Lompoc; hospital lockdown lifted