Man Who Threatened to Blow Up TV Station Shot
Police have shot down a man in Baltimore who claimed to have an explosive device strapped to his chest, the Independent reports.
It is unclear if the man was killed. Fox 45’s television station was evacuated on Thursday afternoon after the threat was reported.
News Director Mike Tomko said that the suspect was sitting in the building’s lobby and had demanded to be shown on air.
“[The suspect] talked to me and was wearing what appears to be a full body white panda suit, surgical mask and sunglasses,” Tomko wrote on Facebook. “He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. 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.”
The Baltimore Police Department is currently investigating the incident.
In August, two Virginia television station employees were killed on air. Reporter Alison Parker and Cameraman Adam Ward both lost their lives after Vester Lee Flanagan II fatally wounded them.
Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed by Parker at the time of the shooting, survived.
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