JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - Dr. Laurence "Larry" Cunningham has agreed to enter a treatment facility when he bonds out of jail. Police found him outside ETMC in Jacksonville Wednesday, allegedly drunk with a gun in his car.
Dr. Cunningham was arraigned Thursday morning and booked into the Cherokee County jail.
He's charged with public intoxication and making a terroristic threat.
"I'm shocked, I really am. I'm shocked," repeated Frank Moton, Jr.
Frank Moton, Jr. couldn't believe it when he saw the mug shot of the doctor he had known for nearly 2 decades.
"Fairly well doctor, well rounded, as far as I know. I've never seen him go off the handle or explode," said Moton.
The former ETMC Jacksonville doctor was fired earlier this week.
He's accused of making threats against another doctor, who he allegedly accused of being a terrorist.
Police said Wednesday morning, he showed up in front of the hospital doors.
"The secretary for the office saw him out there, realized he had been terminated the day before, contacted the administrators and said don't come in the front door, come in the back door," said Sgt. Jason Price.
Jacksonville police were called. They asked him why he was there.
"He indicated to us that his purpose was just to say "bye" to the people he had worked with for 20 something years," explained Sgt. Price.
But, they say, he wasn't talking to anyone at all.
Investigators said Dr. Cunningham started telling them his concerns about a middle eastern doctor at the hospital, who he believed was a terrorist.
"Apparently Dr. Cunningham believed that this fellow employee was happy after the 9/11 bombings and after the recent Boston bombings," said Sgt. Price.
Not only were those allegations not proven to be true, the doctor is not middle eastern. Police say he's actually of Asian decent.
Hospital administrators told police Dr. Cunningham wanted them to get rid of the other doctor.
Police said when they searched Dr. Cunningham's car Monday morning, they found an unloaded gun and some ammunition.
"Dr.Cunningham said if we didn't take care of it, he was going to come up here with his gun and take care of it himself," added Sgt. Price.
"That doesn't sound like the Cunningham we knew," said Moton.
According to the Texas Medical Board , Cunningham received a DUI in Tyler in November 2001.