A man who threatened to blow up a FOX TV station with what he claimed was a suicide vest has been shot by police after he exited the building.
According to CBS News, the station was evacuated after a man dressed as a bear walked into the station’s lobby, claiming to have a bomb.
“I came down at one point not knowing the person was in the lobby, near the vestibule area,” said Mike Tomko, news director at the station. “He talked to me and was wearing what appears to be a full body white panda suit, surgical mask and sunglasses. He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air,” he said. “He compared it to the information found in the Panama Papers. I told him, ‘I can’t let you in, you’re going to have to leave the flash drive here and slide it through the opening.’ He wouldn’t do that. Apparently he had made some threats before.”
Other members of the TV Station tweeted from outside the building.
Authorities shot the suspect after he left the building. The building is reported to have also caught on fire, though it is currently unknown whether or not the fire was intentionally set.
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