Washington (Talk Media News) — A suspect is down but still poses a threat after threatening to detonate a bomb inside the FOX 45 news station in Baltimore, police said Thursday.
Local authorities said that the suspected entered the building in costume around 1 p.m. ET, and the employees were promptly evacuated.
Security guard Jourael Apostolides told reporters that the suspect walked into the building with a flash drive that with information linked to the government and black holes.
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From there, the suspect, in both the costume and what appeared to be a surgical mask, was shot by police after refusing to cooperate.
Police spokesman T.J. Smith said that the suspect refused to take his hands out of his pockets as he moved towards police, leading to a police sniper neutralizing the suspect.
Authorities described the suspect as a white man in his 20s and could not offer more details, but did say he was still alive.
Police used a robot out of an abundance of caution given the threat of explosives under his costume, but the suspect still refused cooperation. As a result, police have been unable to give him medical attention as they continue to assess the threat.
While the events of Thursday afternoon evacuated the building, FOX 45 says it still plans to run its evening newscast.