Following an active shooter alert at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Mario Thompson told police he made the false report to "test" law enforcement readiness, according to court documents obtained Friday.
Those documents also say he was found in possession of two cans of tear gas and a fake police badge, and that he later admitted to an addiction to narcotics pain medication.
Thompson was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making false reports of active shooters twice at Bakersfield hospitals — the other was at Mercy Southwest in early August. The false alert this week prompted more than 100 police and emergency responders to swarm the hospital, and shut down the six-story facility that has 420 hospital beds for hours while a room-by-room security sweep was conducted.
In a jailhouse interview Wednesday night, Thompson said he was not involved in reporting the alerts. He said he had gone to Bakersfield Memorial for pain, was given some opioid painkillers and was leaving when the alert was sounded. He said the drugs he was given took effect as he talked with police.
"I could've said anything," he told The Californian during the interview. "I was doped up on medication."
The report went on to say that Thompson, 46, told hospital security he was an off-duty, undercover police officer and showed a metal security badge and a nylon pouch emblazoned with the word "police" in gold letters. When officers arrived, Thompson continued to act like a police officer, helping officers clear the hospital and brandishing a BB gun, which was indistinguishable from a real firearm.
Officers searched Thompson and found he was carrying two cans of tear gas, a BB gun, a security badge, the nylon pouch and 1½ pills of Xanax, used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. Thompson told police he was chemically dependent on narcotic pain medications.
Thompson told The Californian he works as a "freelance loss prevention officer" in Santa Monica on the weekends and has been diagnosed with learning disabilities and a personality disorder.
Thompson has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $100,000.