Littleton Police warn Littleton Adventist Hospital and a local Target store about alleged threats

LITTLETON, Colo. - Littleton Police have acknowledged distributing a safety alert to a small group of businesses or individuals about a man who'd threatened shootings at Littleton Adventist Hospital and a local Target store.

A source told 7NEWS the man was making statements that he was going to go on a shooting spree at the hospital because they had failed him in his mental care. He also reportedly threatened a shooting at a Target store because it was an easy target.

According to the source, man had been self-admitted to Littleton Adventist Hospital on April 6.

Once he was released, police sent an alert to those who had been in contact with him.

However, police are not seeking to arrest him and 7NEWS has removed his name from this story for that reason.

"He has not committed a crime, and therefore there is no reason to apprehend him at this time," Littleton Police said in a written statement.

The man was in possession of an assault rifle and ammunition that had been previously purchased, the source said. At some point, Douglas County had also confiscated weapons from him.

The hospital confirmed to 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger that security had been increased.

Brett Spenst, CEO of Littleton Adventist Hospital, provided this written statement:

"When there is an imminent, serious and specific threat, Littleton Adventist Hospital immediately notifies the appropriate authorities including the police department. We have established protocols in place to protect the safety of our patients, visitors and staff. Because of privacy laws, we cannot speak about specific patients or details of treatments. However, we want to assure the entire community that we have taken extensive measures to ensure that our campus is a safe environment."

Littleton Police released this written statement:

"Regarding today’s limited distribution of a Safety Alert, the Littleton Police Department routinely releases such information to affected parties, as a precautionary measure and a courtesy.  It is not uncommon in law enforcement to share information about threats, suspicious behavior, criminal activity, health concerns and other issues with other law enforcement agencies, hospitals, fire departments, family members, former employers, etc.  The Littleton Police Department  disseminates this information to those who may be most closely affected.

"Littleton Police Department, as always, works in partnership with other area law enforcement agencies as well as the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.  In regards the subject of today’s limited distribution alert, he has not committed a crime, and therefore there is no reason to apprehend him at this time.  As such, LPD has contacted his family members, former employers, and police agencies responsible for the areas in which those people work or reside, advising them of his presence in the community.  They have been advised to contact local law enforcement if they have a reason for concern.  Additionally, Littleton Hospital has positioned armed security in the hospital, as a preventative measure, and the Littleton Police Department has contacted Target store headquarters and advised them of the issue.

"Littleton Police Department, as always, works in partnership with other area law enforcement agencies as well as the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office to address concerns such as this."