Hospital didn't tell police about suicidal man with knife - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hospital didn't tell police about suicidal man with knife

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On the afternoon of May 7th, 2017, Terrence Wallette voluntarily checked himself into the emergency room and was complaining of a possible overdose from his ADD medication.  Just an hour before the shooting Wallette grew agitated and  barricaded himself in a hospital room at Providence Holy Family in North Spokane For unknown reasons.

When hospital staff approached him, they attempted to de-escalate the problem. That's when Wallette flashed a knife telling staff he wanted to leave. Hospital staff backed off, and Wallette escaped running through the hospital with a dangerous weapon jumping to a car still in his hospital gown. Then taking off "there was quite a time lapse of 36 to 40 some minutes where we don't know when he left the hospital," said Spokane Police Captain Brad Arleth. 

The reason? The hospital never notified police about the danger Wallette posed to the public police only came across Wallette after getting reports of a reckless driver.  KHQ followed up with a question "You said officers did not now the hospital did not contact you guys about that incident at the hospital?" “correct,” added Arleth. We continued to ask if this incident changed procedures Arleth responded by saying  “I don't know if they will or won't but that topic is being addressed as a result of our internal review of everything that happened in this shooting like how can we gather more information to keep the community safe."

KHQ did reach out to to Providence Holy Family and have not heard back yet. Once we do, we will update you with their response.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane sex trafficking victim gets second chance as shop owner

    Spokane sex trafficking victim gets second chance as shop owner

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 8:42 PM EDT2018-09-19 00:42:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - From the outside, the Repeat Boutique looks like a lot of other thrift shops in Spokane.  Inside, some might describe the stuff for sale as old, used, discarded garbage -- but store manager CJ Curtis sees its potential. And just like the goods in her shop, CJ is on her way to a new life, one far from the one she once lived. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - From the outside, the Repeat Boutique looks like a lot of other thrift shops in Spokane.  Inside, some might describe the stuff for sale as old, used, discarded garbage -- but store manager CJ Curtis sees its potential. And just like the goods in her shop, CJ is on her way to a new life, one far from the one she once lived. 

    >>
  • Former WSU Volleyball player files official complaint against Jason Gesser

    Former WSU Volleyball player files official complaint against Jason Gesser

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:59 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:59:44 GMT

    A former volleyball player for Washington State University says Jason Gesser made sexual advances toward her during a charity event for the athletic department. "I thought I did something wrong, I thought that I could hurt their family," said Alyssa Wold-Bodeau. "So I chose to hide it, I chose to bury it, and I thought if it was just me and I only knew about it I could just deal with it and move on to protect them." Wold- Bodeau told the Spokesman-Review that Ges...

    >>

    A former volleyball player for Washington State University says Jason Gesser made sexual advances toward her during a charity event for the athletic department. "I thought I did something wrong, I thought that I could hurt their family," said Alyssa Wold-Bodeau. "So I chose to hide it, I chose to bury it, and I thought if it was just me and I only knew about it I could just deal with it and move on to protect them." Wold- Bodeau told the Spokesman-Review that Ges...

    >>
  • Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

    Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

    Monday, September 17 2018 8:45 PM EDT2018-09-18 00:45:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Public weighs in on smelter proposal near Newport

    Public weighs in on smelter proposal near Newport

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 1:51 AM EDT2018-09-19 05:51:35 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The first of four public meetings on the potential construction of a smelter near Newport began Tuesday. About a hundred people filed into the Spokane Convention Center for a multi-part forum that began with a brief presentation by Grant Pfifer, the director of Spokane's Department of Ecology, followed by an opportunity for public comments.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The first of four public meetings on the potential construction of a smelter near Newport began Tuesday. About a hundred people filed into the Spokane Convention Center for a multi-part forum that began with a brief presentation by Grant Pfifer, the director of Spokane's Department of Ecology, followed by an opportunity for public comments.

    >>
  • Council overturns veto of Spokane sustainable energy measure

    Council overturns veto of Spokane sustainable energy measure

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 1:32 AM EDT2018-09-19 05:32:24 GMT
    The three finalists bidding for the Riverfront Park project visited Spokane todayThe three finalists bidding for the Riverfront Park project visited Spokane today

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council has quashed the mayor's veto of an ordinance that would push the city to reach fully sustainable energy by 2030.    The Spokesman-Review reports the council overturned Mayor David Condon's veto Monday by a vote of 6 to 1.    The ordinance would create a sustainability committee to develop a plan with local utilities to achieve the energy goal.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council has quashed the mayor's veto of an ordinance that would push the city to reach fully sustainable energy by 2030.    The Spokesman-Review reports the council overturned Mayor David Condon's veto Monday by a vote of 6 to 1.    The ordinance would create a sustainability committee to develop a plan with local utilities to achieve the energy goal.

    >>
  • Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

    Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:01 AM EDT2018-09-19 04:01:47 GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon if the United States takes corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday after the two leaders held summit talks in Pyongyang to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

    >>

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon if the United States takes corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday after the two leaders held summit talks in Pyongyang to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

    >>