Suspect in Baltimore TV station bomb threat shot by police

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BALTIMORE — A man wearing a panda costume and a surgical mask who claimed he had a bomb strapped to his chest at FOX45’s television station in Baltimore, Maryland, was shot by police after he exited the building.

Earlier, the television station had been evacuated after the suspect entered the lobby and claimed to have a bomb, CBS Baltimore reported.

Baltimore Police spokesperson T.J. Smith told reporters that after the suspect exited the building, he would not comply with officer’s orders, and a sniper shot him.

“At this point in time the suspect came out of the building and started advancing towards officers,” Smith said.

The suspect’s condition is currently unclear.

His clothes were stripped by an explosive sweeping robot, CBS Baltimore reports. He was then put on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

Authorities said the suspect appeared to have wires on him, and some sort of explosive device. It is not clear if the explosive device was real. Before the suspect entered the building, a car was set on fire in the parking lot. Smith said they believe it was the suspect’s car.

CBS News’ Jeff Pegues reported that ATF agents were on the scene.

Earlier, FOX45’s news director Mike Tomko gave details on the situation.

He said someone came into the front of the building and they apparently said they had some information they wanted to get on the air.

“I came down at one point not knowing the person was in the lobby, near the vestibule area. 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.”

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