Last week’s late-night police lockdown of Group Health’s Capitol Hill campus following threats against staff and a patient in its birthing center stem from a man’s struggle with sobriety and his frustration at circumstances that led him to be banned from the very hospital where his wife was about to give birth, according to court documents obtained by CHS.
Paul Michael Liddane, 38, has been charged with one count of felony harassment against his wife and child and one count of felony harassment for his threats to Group Health staff. Prosecutors requested Liddane’s bail be increased from $250,000 because of the danger they say he represents if released. He is currently held in jail on $1,000,000 bail. Liddane is an owner of Club Heaven in Pioneer Square
“I don’t give a shit what happens. I am coming there with a gun,” police say Liddane told a Group Health nurse on the phone as his wife was going into labor at the facility. “I will shoot anybody that gets in my way. I will watch my baby be born. Then I will shoot my baby, my wife, and then myself. So get ready. I hope you have some guns ready.”
The nurse told police she could hear the sound of ammunition being loaded into a magazine during the Thursday, May 6th call.
Earlier in the day, Liddane called 911 to report that his wife was being held hostage at Group Health and he needed help having her transferred to another hospital, according to the court documents. Liddane told the operator he was not allowed to enter Group Health because he had threatened to kill staff. When the operator told Liddane police were not going to be able to help him transfer his wife, Liddane became enraged and said, “So what I have to do is take a gun and shoot people to get my wife.”
Liddane, according to the documents, had also threatened to shoot people the day before the 911 call. According to a police report, Liddane became angry after his doctor at the same Group Health hospital would not give him a prescription for Percocet, a painkiller containing the opioid oxycodone. He threatened that he would come back with a gun and shoot staff if he was not given the drug.
According to the documents, following the 911 call, police contacted Group Health security and the mystery lockdown we reported last week played out. Seattle Police fanned out across the two main buildings of the Capitol Hill Group Health campus at 15th and Thomas and began a floor by floor search. Group Health staff reported seeing Liddane entering the hospital in security footage but the search ended without Liddane being found. A search warrant was obtained to enter Liddane’s SeaTac home. Officers and a SWAT team took Liddane into custody. Back on 15th Ave at Group Health, Liddane’s wife had given birth to a baby girl. Officers searching Liddane’s residence did not find a gun.