Sheriff’s Office: Man accused of threatening hospital staff after claiming he needed more pain medication _lowres

Gregory Franklin

The Sheriff’s Office on Monday arrested a Baker man accused of making threats to “shoot up” a Baton Rouge hospital in August.

During an Aug. 18 phone call, Gregory Franklin, 41, threatened multiple employees in the emergency room at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center because he was frustrated that he didn’t receive more pain medication, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office report says. Franklin told employees he had an MRI recently and that he needed his medical records as well. He did not want to drive from Baker, though, to retrieve the medication or records.

Three women on staff answered his calls and asked for his name, but he would not give it, the report says.

When staff members said they could not help him, he threatened them. He told one staff member, “I’m about to come up to the hospital and shoot up” the emergency room, and another that “he was going to beat” her when he made it to the emergency room, the report says.

The hospital administration temporarily locked down the emergency room, the report says.

Deputies visited Franklin’s home later that day, but he wasn’t there. When deputies called him, Franklin told them he did call the hospital upset but that “everything was fine,” the report says. Detectives could not reach him afterward, though.

Deputies arrested Franklin, 4307 Wimbish Drive, Monday on a count of terrorizing, and he was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and is being held on $5,000 bail.