MU employee charged with assaulting security officer

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 8:04 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — An MU employee has been charged with second-degree assault of a security officer at the Missouri Psychiatric Center.

Neil Hockley, 61, a business tech analyst with MU Health Care, was taken to the Missouri Psychiatric Center for an assessment on Sept. 29, according to a probable cause statement filed in the 13th Circuit of Boone County by the MU Police Department.

Hockley was arrested after his release from the hospital and was released Tuesday night from the Boone County Sheriff's Department and Jail on a $25,000 bond.

According to the statement, here's what happened:

Hockley refused to take any medication and became angry at the center's staff members. Hospital security responded when Hockley tried to punch a staff member who was standing in his way.

When a security officer entered Hockley's interview room to restrain him, he broke her elbow. Security officers restrained him and took him to a seclusion room.

While there, Hockley threatened a staff member by saying that he was going to go to the staff member's home and urinate on his children before shooting them in the head. Hockley also threatened to go to the staff member's children's school to shoot them and other children so the police would kill him.

MU Police, who arrested Hockley, said he might have gained access to that staff member's file through his employment at the university, as the threats he made included accurate information about the staff member's family and what school his children attended.

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