A Colorado nurse is suing the nursing home and local police after a surprise safety drill involving an armed gunman.
Michelle Meeker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Count in Denver claiming she was terrorized when an armed man stormed her Carbondale workplace last October.
Meeker was tending to a long-term patient at Heritage Park Care Center, when a coworker warned her that a man in the center’s day room looked “suspicious,” the complaint states.
The man allegedly showed her a handgun in the waist of his pants and told her to follow him into an unoccupied room. The complaint says that the man warned her that he is a police officer, but because she didn’t know about the drill, she was unsure of his intentions.
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"In a desperate plea for her life, she begged the man not to hurt her, telling him she had a young child," the complaint says.
Meeker resigned shortly after the incident.
The Carbondale police chief and center executives are named as defendants.
A police department attorney, Thomas Rice, says that the center approached them to do the drill. Police allegedly told the facility to inform their employees of the drill.
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He says the officer who spoke to Meeker offered to show her his identification and the handgun he had was not real.
"Unfortunately, the training exercise alarmed some at our facility," said Heritage executive director Robert Baker, who is a defendant in the suit.
Meeker seeks unspecified monetary damages for economic loss, mental and emotional distress, and medical bills.
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