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February 27, 2014

Police: Patient demands extracted bullet

Threatens nurse after she refuses


At 1:35 p.m. on the day of the incident, police Officer Nicole Donnelly was sent to Merrimack Valley Hospital on a report of threats made to a staff member. When Donnelly arrived, she met Locklear in the hospital parking lot. Donnelly noted in her police report that she remembered Locklear, whom she had seen at the police station on Dec. 3.

Donnelly said Locklear was trying to leave the hospital after the bullet was removed from his hand. Donnelly approached Locklear, who was getting ready to leave in his car, and asked him about any threats he may have made to the hospital’s nursing staff.

Locklear denied making threats and told Donnelly that he felt dizzy because of the medicine he was given for his procedure. When Donnelly turned to speak with a hospital security guard, she overheard Locklear say he just wanted to go home. Locklear stepped out of his car, told Donnelly that he didn’t feel good, then fell to the ground, according to the police report.

Emergency room staff members used a gurney to move Locklear back into the emergency room for evaluation. While there, Locklear started getting upset and said, “Whatever I said I was under the influence,” according to the police report.

Donnelly said she spoke to the operating room recovery nurse who had allegedly been threatened by Locklear. The nurse told Donnelly that Locklear threatened to shoot her.

Police said they are provided with bullets that are removed from hospital patients so they can run ballistics tests for potential matches to crimes that have been committed.

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