Threatening to shoot at Tulsa hospital
Tulsa, Okla. – Tulsa police arrested a man who they said made threats against another hospital.
Witnesses say Matthew Sterkel was visiting a patient at Hillcrest Hospital when he started talking out loud about the need for back surgery.
This happened less than a week after the deadly mass shooting at St. Francis Hospital that left four people dead.
The suspect targeted Dr. Preston Phillips.
Police later arrested Staerkel for terrorist hoax after he made threats, saying he would do what happened earlier in the week in St. Francis.
Mike Wickstead has served as the medical devices representative for Dr. Phillips for nearly 10 years. He said losing his friend in this way was devastating and now in the wake of more threats, he is asking for solutions.
“This cannot be normal,” Wicksted said. “This situation cannot continue.”
More than one co-worker was lost in the Tulsa mass shooting. He also lost a friend.
With threats directed at another hospital in Tulsa, Wicksted said he is asking for solutions to end gun violence.
The suspect was arrested Saturday for terrorist threats and faces $100,000 bail.