(BALTIMORE) — A man dressed in an animal costume was shot by a police sniper when he refused to surrender after reportedly making a bomb threat at a Baltimore TV news station Thursday, authorities said.
The suspect walked out of the building and didn’t take police orders to take his hands out of his pockets, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. The suspect was then shot by an officer, and a robot was deployed to interact with the suspect since it was unclear what type of materials were on his body, Davis added.
The suspect is alive and police sources told ABC News he was taken away in an ambulance.
The station, WBFF, is located on W. 41st Street and its building was evacuated soon after the bomb threat was received.
The suspect is a white male and appears to be in his 20s, police said.
The initial emergency call came in at 1:20 p.m. from a Fox affiliate and authorities responded to the threat made by an unidentified suspect who claimed to have a bomb. The suspect was wearing a costume and something that appeared to have wires on it, authorities said, and inside his jacket there appeared to be an explosive device.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was also called to the scene.
A car was also set on fire in front of the news station at the time the man entered the station.
This is a developing story.
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