A man was arrested Friday night in Bremerton after allegedly pointing a flare gun at two St. Michael’s Medical Center nurses who were handling the COVID-19 screening area in the lobby while threatening to “kill everyone,” according to a Bremerton Police Department statement of probable cause.
Per documents, 33-year-old Justin H. Wells initially greeted the nurses by asking them “Do you know who I am?” before drawing a 12 gauge flare gun that had been colored black and pointed it directly at the nurses and stating “I’m here to kill everyone.” The nurses allegedly had nowhere to flee to and one of the nurses begged Wells to put the gun down. Video surveillance confirmed Wells’ actions in the reception area of the hospital, police say.
The entrance to the hospital late at night is only accessible to the emergency room, which had multiple patients in the lobby waiting to be seen. While the incident was taking place, no other patients or staff could freely come or go, documents read.
Wells was arrested on two counts of harassment and one count of interference with a health care facility. His bail was listed at $175,000.