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UPDATE: Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital was on lockdown, no injuries reported

Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital on lockdown
Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital on lockdown(Dakota News Now)
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 11:45 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - According to the Department of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), officials have a Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital was on lockdown early Friday afternoon.

UPDATE: Police spokesman Sam Clemens said this was a mental health incident. No injuries were reported and no criminal activity took place.

Authorities have decided to put the hospital on lockdown after a situation with an unstable individual who may need treatment. Officials say the situation is contained and that no injuries have been reported.

“It is not uncommon to have a veteran enter the hospital and threaten suicide,” says a VA staff member.

Representatives say they are not sure if the unstable individual in this situation has threatened suicide, however, it is a common occurrence according to the VA staff member.

While some of the buildings surrounding the hospital have security similar to entering a courthouse house, where personal items are searched and metal detectors are implemented, the main VA hospital does not have that type of security in place.

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