BALTIMORE (AP) — A television station in Baltimore has been evacuated after employees say a man threatened to blow up the station.
Police from Baltimore County began to form a perimeter after the man entered the station demanding information he had on a flash drive be put on-air. The entire building evacuated the premises, and hours after a standoff began, police say the man, who dressed in a one-piece panda or hedgehog costume, began to depart the building out of the vestibule area of WBFF-TV.
Officers moved in behind a shield, ordering the man to stand down and put his hands in the air, as he threatened he had a bomb strapped to his chest and had a detonator, but he didn’t cooperate.
A sniper chose that moment, after repeated commands were ignored, to fire his long-gun, taking down the suspect. Officials say the man is still alive and is still not cooperating.
“We want to treat him, we want him to get the attention he needs, but we need to make sure it’s safe to do so,” Baltimore Police said.
The area is home to two other TV stations and a radio station. Officers say they’re still concerned for the safety of the public at this time.