FLORENCE — A Franklin County man with a history of mental problems is in jail after he made threats to kill people if he didn’t get treated at a local hospital, officials said.
Rodney Lee Lightfoot, 36, 14184 U.S. 43, Russellville, is charged with making a terrorist threat, police said.
Florence police detective Brad Holmes said the incident happened around 11 p.m., Wednesday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital.
“He went to the emergency department wanting to receive treatment for a mental problem when the incident happened,” Holmes said.
Reports indicate Lightfoot told the medical staff if he didn’t get treatment his intent was to “commit murder against anyone he came in contact with by all means necessary,” especially using explosive devices.
The police department was notified and after questioning Lightfoot he was arrested.
No one was injured during the incident.
Lightfoot is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center without bail pending a mental competency hearing.
Making a terrorist threat is a Class C felony and is punishable by 1-10 years in prison if convicted.