Colorado Springs Hospital Was Temporarily On Lockdown After A Man In Custody Escaped, Stole A Car

November 25, 2019
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs shortly after a temporary lockdown on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs shortly after a temporary lockdown on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.Dan Boyce/CPR News
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs shortly after a temporary lockdown on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.

Updated 5:52 p.m.

Colorado Springs Police are still looking for a man who fired a detective’s gun and stole a car from UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central after being arrested earlier in the day, spurring a temporary lockdown.

Officers arrested Randy Bishop on several outstanding warrants after Bishop was involved in a traffic accident Monday afternoon. 

Police spokesman Lt. James Sokolik said Bishop was taken into custody at that time without incident. 

However, before being taken to the city Criminal Justice Center, Bishop was taken to Memorial Hospital for a medical clearance.

“While the medical procedure is going on, the suspect Mr. Bishop runs,” Sokolik said. “He’s pursued by a detective who is able to tackle him.”

During the ensuing scuffle, Bishop was able to take the detective’s firearm and fired at least one shot — not hitting anyone. Bishop exited the hospital, stole what Sokolik described as a silver BMW SUV and fled the area.

He has not yet been apprehended.

While the incident did activate Memorial Hospital’s lockdown procedures, the lockdown was lifted by early evening. Memorial Hospital Chief Operating Officer Merle Taylor said the facility’s protocols were followed as expected, with all staff temporarily sheltering in place.

There were no serious injuries during Bishop’s escape.