OGDEN -- McKay-Dee Hospital was put on high alert Wednesday afternoon after a patient verbally threatened staff and police were led to believe a gun was involved.
An elderly woman who was checked in for an unknown problem became upset at staff and got verbally aggressive, Ogden Police Lt. Steve Zaccardi said.
There was a miscommunication in which staff members must have thought she may have had a gun and Ogden police were called, he said.
Officers arrived at about 2:40 p.m. in full force after the incident was dispatched as the case of an active shooter, he said.
A release from Intermountain Healthcare spokesman Chris Dallin said after a quick investigation by security staff, they determined the woman did not have a weapon and confirmed that patients and staff were safe.
"We take the safety of our patients, guests, and employees very seriously and respond to all threats in accordance with our protocols," according to the release.
Police were quickly called off from the scene as soon as it was discovered there was no threat, Zaccardi said.
The woman was not arrested or cited and the shooter call was blamed on a miscommunication between hospital staff and police, he said.