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A gunman was arrested Sunday night after employees at Fallbrook Hospital were held hostage and threatened with death unless they handed over some morphine, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

No one was injured.

At 6:39 p.m., sheriff’s deputies from the Fallbrook substation responded to a call that a 6-foot-4, 300-pound man was holding at least four hospital employees at gunpoint. The man threatened to kill the workers if he didn’t receive morphine, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

But, when deputies arrived, the gunman reportedly relinquished his .22-caliber pistol and was taken into custody without incident.


Peter Tomaskevitch, 27, of Fallbrook was booked into County Jail in Vista on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, robbery and burglary.