The Minnesota gunman who shot up a well being clinic had at the least 43 interactions with cops through the years — however as his petty offenses morphed into deranged threats, not a single social security internet caught him, information obtained by The Publish reveal.
Gregory Ulrich, who killed a mom of two and injured 4 others on the Allina Well being Clinic in Buffalo Tuesday morning, was little greater than a city drunk when he was arrested by the native police division on Dec. 20, 2007.
The then-54-year-old was stumbling by means of city, urinating in public and will hardly stand or converse when cops arrested him and threw him within the county jail for the third time that 12 months, information present. He was launched the following day.
Between 2012 and 2015, cops from the Buffalo Police Division had 4 interactions with Ulrich when he was caught in a neighborhood park after hours, left a backpack with marijuana in it on a bus and was seen hanging out by a church, strolling round and looking out “misplaced,” the information present. He instructed police he was “awaiting the sundown” and the case was closed.
In December 2016, Ulrich’s issues began in earnest when he underwent again surgical procedure and referred to as 911 to say he was having again ache and issues with his drugs. A couple of month later, he referred to as the cops once more to say his medicine was stolen by his nurses and three days later, referred to as cops to say he’d fallen down.
Over the following 12 months and a half, cops would have seven interactions with Ulrich. They repeatedly got here to his house for numerous complaints and illnesses and investigated petty thefts of his medicines and valuables that by no means amounted to an arrest.
They drove him to the grocery retailer, shoveled his stroll and let ambulances from Allina Well being deliver him to the native ER however at the same time as he confirmed a dependency on his ache medicines, saying greater than as soon as they have been lacking or he wanted extra, no referrals to outdoors assist have been made, the information present.
On Oct. 13, 2018, Ulrich’s state of affairs escalated into threats of hurt attributable to his drug points.
He repeatedly referred to as a health care provider who works on the clinic he’d later flip right into a nightmarish, blood-splattered taking pictures vary and made “threats of mass taking pictures or different means to hurt the hospital,” a police document states.
Ulrich was “offended,” “upset,” and “talked about taking pictures, blowing issues up and working towards completely different situations of tips on how to get revenge,” the physician instructed cops.
The physician he was concentrating on, who later took out a restraining order towards Ulrich, mentioned he was “offended with the medical neighborhood” and the calls left him “nervous for the protection of you and others.”
“I imagine Ulrich is a excessive menace to society and himself,” the physician mentioned, including Ulrich wished his actions to be “huge and sensational so it makes an influence.”
The responding officer, who’d already had at the least two different interactions with Ulrich within the past, wrote in a report that she acquired in contact with him after.
“Ulrich said that he was telling the physician about his desires and that he would probably not do something reminiscent of he had talked about,” the officer wrote within the report.
“Ulrich went on to say that he desires about revenge to the those that ‘tortured’ him. Ulrich was referring to again surgical procedures and medicine points after the surgical procedures.”
A trespassing order was put in place and Ulrich was transported to the ER for a psychiatric analysis. Regardless that the incident got here simply eight months after 17 folks have been killed throughout a mass taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida, the case was closed — no courtroom information clarify its disposition.
For the primary time, following 15 earlier interactions, BPD did refer Ulrich to the Wright County Well being and Human Companies workplace, the information present, but it surely’s not clear what, if any, companies he obtained. Wright County didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
Just a little over a month later, Ulrich traveled to Buffalo Hospital, one of many Allina-affiliated medical facilities he made threats towards, to “straighten issues out as a result of he was falsely accused” and was arrested for violating a trespass order.
A responding officer did later undergo Ulrich’s prison historical past to see if there have been any prison “enhancements” he might add to the cost to strengthen the case, and probably hold him locked up for longer, however none have been discovered.
The prison historical past was “destroyed,” Ulrich was launched from jail two days later and the case was dismissed, information present.
Over the following 12 months, Ulrich had 4 extra interactions with police over the native medical facilities as his anger and resentment in direction of them continued to brew.
He referred to as as soon as to ask tips on how to sue a hospital that “unnecessarily carried out a surgical procedure on him, that crippled him,” trespassed at one other clinic after which referred to as them “demanding” “narcotics” a couple of months later, the information present.
He later despatched “suspicious letters” to the clinic with “bizarre” content material however cops decided “nothing prison occurred.” They suggested the employees to ask Ulrich to cease contacting them and the case was closed.
Two days later, he despatched “regarding mailings” to a neighborhood church after which confirmed up the following day, the information present. He was given a trespassing order and the case was, as soon as once more, closed.
All through 2020, Ulrich had numerous home disputes involving his roommates, one who instructed cops she was “scared” of him, but additionally saved forgetting whether or not or not he was permitting somebody to remain with him.
He was caught sniffing glue and smoking marijuana in a park and officers famous in a report “it’s doable [Ulrich] is having points with reminiscence.”
“Ulrich appeared to have initially forgotten he had mentioned the [roommate]might keep with him for a time,” the September 2020 report states.
“He said that she was going by means of the right channels and he appeared excited to have her. On 09/19/20 nevertheless he made a report back to police that he didn’t know why she was at his house to maneuver in.”
Following the 911 name, the second, and final, referral to WCHS was made and the case was closed.
When BPD’s Chief of Police Pat Budke addressed reporters Tuesday afternoon about Ulrich’s taking pictures, he wanted a second to compose himself earlier than he might converse.
He, alongside with Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer, each mentioned Ulrich was well-known to each departments. Budke mentioned he had a “historical past of battle,” was identified to be sad with medical therapy he obtained and appeared to have it out for the healthcare neighborhood at massive.
“The historical past we have now with this particular person makes it almost definitely that this incident was focused at that facility or at somebody inside that facility,” Budke mentioned throughout the briefing.
“There’s additionally, inside that historical past, nothing to point that we’d’ve been within the state of affairs that we’re at as we speak.”
BPD didn’t return a request for remark.