Man accused of falsely reporting active shooters at local hospitals takes plea deal


The man accused of falsely reporting active shooter situations at Memorial and Mercy Southwest hospitals this year has taken a plea deal.

Mario Thompson, 46, pleaded no contest Tuesday to a count of impersonating a police officer while six other misdemeanor counts stemming from the incident were dismissed.

Thompson is the man prosecutors say called police on Dec. 4 and back on Aug. 1, and falsely reported an active shooter situation at the hospitals. Both calls resulted in hospital lockdowns and a large law enforcement response.

Police say he later misidentified himself as an officer during the emergency response at Memorial Hospital earlier this month.

In a jailhouse interview with 17 News, Thompson denied making the calls.

Thompson is set to be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2019.

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