*UPDATE: The man who threatened to blow up a Baltimore Fox TV station on Thursday was shot and wounded by police, and did not have a bomb as he had indicated. Turns out it was chocolate bars held together by wires, according to the Baltimore Police Department.
The suspect is in serious, but stable condition at a local hospital.
He had refused to cooperate with officers, police spokesman T.J. Smith said. When he walked out of the building, he was wearing a white panda suit, a surgical mask and sunglasses before being shot by three officers.
A bomb robot then scanned him for nearly an hour before police removed his clothing, picked him up and carried him into an armored van. Crews transferred him to an ambulance minutes later.
Smith added the suspect was not armed with a bomb, but with candy bars wrapped in plastic. He said the chocolate candy bars were wrapped together with a “motherboard,” as well as wires in the suspect’s shirt.
Fox45 in Baltimore was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a bomb threat was reported, Baltimore Police confirmed.
A vehicle was set on fire in the parking lot outside of the studio. Firefighters have put out the fire, and police are on the scene investigating reports of a man wearing a panda suit in the building lobby.
“Someone came into the front of the building and they apparently said that they had some information they wanted to get on the air,” the station’s News Director Mike Tomko told reporters. “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.”
There were no reported injuries, according to the station’s Facebook page.