Patient Charged for Threat Toward Hospital

Modified: August 14, 2019 11:58am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 35-year-old Erik Sull of Buffalo has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee on one count of Making a Terroristic Threat, a Class “D” felony. The defendant was arraigned on Monday, August 12, 2019.

It is alleged that on August 12, 2019, at approximately 9 a.m., the defendant, while being discharged from ECMC, told employees that he planned to return, blow up the hospital, and shoot people. His alleged statements placed the staff in fear that he would carry out the threats.

Sull is scheduled to return on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He remains in custody pending a forensic evaluation.

If convicted on the charge, the defendant faces a maximum of 7 years in prison. 

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew S. Szalkowski of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.