Teen Charged In False Report That Led To Erlanger Lockdown, Room-To-Room Search

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Adam Daniel Mahaffey
Adam Daniel Mahaffey

A 19-year-old has been charged with filing a false police report that led to an hour-long lockdown at Erlanger Hospital and a room-to-room search.

Taken into custody was Adam Daniel Mahaffey, of 1633 Eucalyptus Dr.

Police said Mahaffey reported seeing a black male with a handgun going up toward the labor and delivery area of the hospital.

That led to the Chattanooga Police Department setting up a command post and rushing into action a dozen city police officers, 11 Walden Security guards and two sheriff deputies.

Police said Mahaffey later  backed up on his story and told different versions. He asked at one point if he was in trouble. Then he asked if he could be released with a warning.

Hospital personnel said due to the lockdown that certain patients could not be moved to areas where they had treatments scheduled.

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