Sutter Roseville Medical Center Lockdown: What the heck happened? Many people were left wondering how the suspect in the April 6 hostage shooting in a Roseville park managed to get away from police during what was ostensibly just a regular examination at Sutter Roseville on Sunday. Eric James Abril, 35, was seen on camera by surveillance systems along Rainier Avenue in Rocklin at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit. Any time a “inmate” is taken to the hospital, the deputy or officer in charge of the case is held accountable.
The vast majority of the time, convicts are restrained the whole duration of their medical examination. Leg restraints, handcuffs, or waist chains could be required to visit an imprisoned, depending on the inmate and the cause for the visit. Concerns were raised concerning the inmate’s shackling and his ability to evade capture after Abril’s escape. Theresa Gartrell is similarly perplexed. She was on her way to the hospital to see her mother on a Sunday morning when she received a call informing her that the facility was placed under lockdown.
I applaud the hospital for taking this precaution. I agree that it’s the best course of action because I care about everyone’s safety, but how can we stop this from happening again? Says Gartrell. This tragedy could have been avoided, I’m sure of it. What are the police planning to do in the future to prevent this from happening again? The day after the shooting, Abril was taken into custody. When CHP officers tried to apprehend him on an outstanding warrant, he resisted and held two people hostage. During the encounter, Abril fatally shot 72-year-old captive James MacEgan. Patricia MacEgan, MacEgan’s wife and the other hostage, was shot but survived. A member of the California Highway Patrol was also hurt.