Authorities respond to welfare call near St. Patrick Hospital

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Authorities on Thursday responded to a welfare call in the area around St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles.

Lake Charles Police Sgt. Shawn Caldwell told KPLC 7News that authorities received a call from Acadian Ambulance asking for their assistance regarding a patient in transport.

Caldwell said the patient had fled ambulance workers.

The patient has still not been located.

Caldwell said at the time of the request for assistance, several false calls came in about an "active shooter."

St. Patrick Hospital Spokeswoman Heather Hidalgo said she did not know specifics about the call, but did say that patients and staff members were not in any danger.

She said Lake Charles police, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and Louisiana State Police were dispatched as a precaution.

The incident caused the brief closures of Dr. Michael Debakey Drive and Foster Street.

Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers said that all Sheriff's Office units have resumed routine duties.

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