A man who threatened to bomb a Baltimore FOX TV station on Thursday has been shot by the police after he didn’t stop and follow the police officers’ orders.
The 25-year old Alex Brizzi of Elkridge, donned a panda suit, a surgical mask, and a sunglass. He entered the station’s building carrying a flash drive which he wanted the channel to air.
“He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. 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,” News Director Mike Tomko said in a report by Fox News.
The content of the flash drive has not been confirmed. Police are laying down the investigation to retrieve the content.
According to Fox5, police received a phone call around 1:20pm, reporting about a man who entered into the lobby carrying a kind of an explosive device. After that police received another call about a vehicle being burnt right on the TV station’s parking lot. The man is believed to have made the call.
Soon after the threat, the building was evacuated.
Brizzi, after coming out of the building, refused to surrender to the police, that leave the three police officers with no option but to shoot him several times. He was taken to a hospital in a serious condition. As of now, reports says he is in a stable condition.
Ed Brizzi, the suspect’s father said he was shot in a leg, in the neck and buttocks.
After knocking him down, the police used a bomb-detecting robot to keep the suspected bomb device away from him. They found out that it was actually not a bomb. The robot scanned the injured suspect for an hour. After that, police removed his dress and took him in an armoured van. He was later taken into an ambulance.
Baltimore police spokesperson T.J. Smith, said that the suspect was not armed with an actual bomb. It was candy bars wrapped along with wires and a motherboard.