Court records: Man accused of calling in hoax hospital shooting, took police action


Mario Thompson, 46, pleaded no contest to impersonating a police officer, and in exchange, six misdemeanor charges were dropped.

Investigators say Thompson called police on Dec. 4, and falsely reported an active shooter situation at Memorial Hospital and did the same thing Aug. 1 at Mercy Southwest Hospital.

Both calls resulted in hospital lockdowns and large police activity.

Court documents state in the Memorial response, Thompson had a nylon pouch that read police on it and a badge that looked like a BPD badge, but said ‘security enforcement’ on it.

Thompson also had a BB pistol in a holster on his hip and pepper spray in the pouch. 

Documents say that he said he was a deep undercover BPD officer and told the California Highway Patrol that he was hospital security.

Thompson actually drew the pistol and helped clear rooms.

BPD used a “ruse” telling Thompson they had him on video calling in the threat to get him to admit to the false report.

Reports say Thompson told them he wanted to test their readiness.

Thompson’s sentencing is scheduled Jan. 17.

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