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Man Accused of Threatening Mercy Assigned to Mental Health Program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - An Ozark man accused of threatening to open fire at Mercy Psychiatric Clinic after his mother denied him his medication has been sentenced to the mental health section of Greene County’s Court Reporting Intensive Service Program.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - An Ozark, Missouri man, accused of threatening to open fire at Mercy Psychiatric Clinic after his mother denied him his medication, has been sentenced to the mental health section of Greene County’s Court Reporting Intensive Service Program.

Circuit Judge Calvin Holden granted suspended imposition of sentence against Gunnar M. Cyr, 21, and ordered him placed in the CRISP program and report to Probation and Parole.

He was charged of Making a Terrorist Threat, 2nd-degree Attempted Assault and Possession of a Controlled Substance in connection with allegedly making the threats on Nov. 15, 2012 inside the clinic at 1235 E. Cherokee.

Earlier coverage of the incident records that officers say Gunnar called the hospital to complain about having his mother on his private health information release. A medical assistant told police Cry became agitated when he was told to come in person to fill out a form to change the release information.

Police say Cyr then showed up around 1 p.m., complaining that his mother took his medications away. Gunnar then allegedly demanded to see his doctor. As he paced in the waiting room, staff reported hearing Cyr say "I'm going to get a gun and start...shooting."

A receptionist then told police she heard Cyr say "things could get ugly" after being told he couldn't see his doctor. He allegedly told everyone he was carrying a gun.

Cyr then left the premises and allegedly pointed his hand, shaped like a gun, pretending to pull a trigger at security. Cyr's mother, who was speaking to Cyr via cell phone during the incident, told authorities her son was threatening to return to the hospital to shoot security officers and staff.

Officers say they learned from Cyr's mother that Cyr is known to abuse his medications, which is why she declined to give him more. She said her son told her, "If you don't give me the meds, I will kill you."

Court documents show Cyr then told his mother, "I swear on my grandfather's ashes I will kill them. I am going home to get my guns. I am tired of being treated like a 5-year-old. Why can't you just trust me. I only sold and used meth once."

Cyr's mother reported that Gunnar had access to assault rifles and shotguns at home.

Cyr was arrested near National and Seminole in Springfield. Officers say they found a can of mace in the vehicle, as well as a large machete between the front seat and center console. They also located a black Winchester air pistol in a holster in the console. Police also seized a small amount of marijuana and a smoking pipe.

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