Deputies arrest man accused of making threats, forcing lockdown at Lumberton medical park

Deputies arrest man accused of making threats, forcing lockdown at Lumberton medical park
Wallace Locklear (Source: Robeson County Sheriff's Office)

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WMBF) – A man is in custody, accused of making threats on Monday that forced authorities to put a medical park on lockdown.

Wallace Locklear, 59, of Rowland is charged with misdemeanor communicating threats.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office responded to Southeastern Health Park in reference to someone making threats toward the staff.

The possible threat was called into the 911 center after someone heard a man say he was headed there to “shoot the place up,” said Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said.

Southeastern Health Park on Dawn Drive was placed on lockdown. Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Lumberton Police Department and Southeastern Medical Center security conducted a search of the building and didn’t locate a suspicious person during that time. They also said no shots were fired.

Southeastern Health was reopened shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday.

“My office takes any threat of harm, especially that of an active shooter-style threat against individuals, very seriously and appropriate action will be taken,” Wilkins said.

Locklear was arrested at his home. Investigators said that they determined that he was the only person involved in the incident.

He was taken to Robeson County Detention Center where he was placed on a $2,000 secured bond.

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