Northwest Iowa Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening to Shoot Hospital Staff Members

A northwest Iowa man is in jail after allegedly threatening to shoot hospital staff members.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says 60-year-old Ryan Betcke of Granville was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon. Betcke is accused of calling Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls allegedly threatening to shoot employees with an AK47 rifle. Due to the threats, Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls and an affiliate facility, Orange City Health, were put on lock down status until Betcke was arrested.

Betcke was charged with making terroristic threats, a class “D” felony, and was booked in the Sioux County Jail.

(courtesy KUOO in Spirit Lake)