Charges: Windom hospital patient threatened to kill staff, spit on them

Shawn Myers is charged with felony terroristic threats.
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A 32-year-old man is accused of making numerous threats toward hospital workers in Windom, where he was receiving care. 

Shawn Myers, 32, of Bingham Lake, is charged in Cottonwood County District Court this week with felony terroristic threats.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement and hospital staff on Feb. 26 discussed Myers' "escalating" threatening behaviors toward staff, including saying he'd come back to the hospital and kill them all. 

Hospital staff reported Myers had been kicking the sink in his room, urinating on the floor, spitting at staff, swinging his first at them and talking about how bad he'll "[expletive] up" the hospital once he's released, charges say.

The hospital social worker and director of nursing both said they did not feel safe at the hospital, where Myers had been hospitalized since Feb. 17, the complaint states.

Investigators spoke to three hospital staff members on Feb. 26, who shared stories of their time providing care to Myers. One person said they were fearful because he's unstable, noting Myers told them "I'm gonna make our life hell, I'm gonna take you guys out when I'm out of here, you're done, I'm coming back." 

Staff also reported Myers imitated shooting motions with his hands toward them, heard him talking about killing everyone and killing women. All three staff members said they believed his threats to be credible. 

The criminal complaint does not say why Myers was hospitalized.

Myers is currently in custody at the Cottonwood County Jail. 

Myers was hospitalized a little more than a week after prosecutors say Gregory Ulrich walked into a health clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota, and shot five people, killing one person. 

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