By Loretta Kalb
An Anderson man apparently seeking quicker attention for mental health treatment threatened to shoot himself and others in the emergency room of Mercy Medical Center in Redding, police said.
Officers arrested Jesse M. Whitlow on Saturday afternoon and recovered a loaded .22 caliber pistol in his car and numerous .22 caliber rounds in his pants pocket, Redding Police spokesman Bart Langley reported.
Police said that Whitlow brought the handgun into the emergency room waiting area shortly after 4:30 p.m. and apparently sought to use it to try to get the attention of the hospital staff. Whitlow eventually gave the gun to an acquaintance, who locked it in the car, police said.
Whitlow was arrested for investigation of possessing a concealed, loaded weapon, of being an ex-felon possessing a firearm and ammunition, and of resisting arrested, Langley said.
He was taken to the Shasta County Jail and held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
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