FORT WORTH -- The JPS Health Network is reviewing security measures after a report of an armed man at a south-side health clinic drew a SWAT team response last month, the head of the network said Thursday.
The incident, which local TV stations reported live, occurred Jan. 28 at the JPS Community Health Center, 2500 Circle Drive. A clinic employee called police shortly before 8 a.m. to report seeing a man with a rifle.
A dozen workers locked themselves in a secure room while Fort Worth police, Tarrant County sheriff's officers and the FBI arrived.
Police never found the gunman or determined who he was, Robert Earley, network president and CEO, told the JPS board of managers at its monthly meeting.
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The employee who reported the gunman is steadfast in her belief about what she saw, he said. Earley credited employees and law enforcement for their reactions.
"This all happened very quickly," he said. "I think everyone handled it exceptionally well."
The Rev. Ralph Emerson, a board member, asked whether the clinic has security cameras. Earley said that it doesn't but that JPS has 66 cameras at other facilities.
Earley said JPS would review whether more are needed. But he noted that having more cameras would require more personnel to monitor them.
Before the incident, he said, the Circle Drive campus would not have been at "the top of the list" for increased security.
However, he said, "anytime you have a situation like this, it gives you pause to look at what you can do better. That's what we're doing."
Alex Branch, 817-390-7689