Sapulpa man arrested for allegedly threatening Hillcrest Medical Center in wake of St. Francis shooting

A Sapulpa man has been arrested on charges of a terrorism hoax after he allegedly made threats of an active shooter situation just days after a similar incident at St. Francis in Tulsa.

Matthan Staerkel. Photo from David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center.

Fox23 reported that 43-year-old Matthan Staerkel was at Hillcrest Medical Center on Saturday night, when a nurse reportedly overheard him talking about needing back surgery.

According to the report, the man loudly threatened, “I better get pain meds after back surgery! If I don’t get pain meds, I will do what that other guy did the other day! I would shoot up someone too if I didn’t get pain meds.”

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The shooting that Staerkel admitted to referencing left four victims dead, including two doctors, a patient, and a Sand Springs woman.

Staerkel was arrested by Tulsa Police and booked into the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center. His bond was set at $100,000.