The man who allegedly threatened WBFF, Fox’s Baltimore news affiliate, with a bomb Thursday was shot by police outside the station, according to local authorities.
The bomb threat suspect, who was outfitted in a panda suit, reportedly broke into the WBFF building around 1:20 p.m. Thursday to demand that the station cover a government conspiracy-related story. According to Baltimore Police Department spokesperson T.J. Smith, the unidentified man “displayed something that appeared to be wires and some other things inside his jacket that appeared to be some kind of explosive device.” He was struck while exiting the station after ignoring police demands to remove his hands from his pockets.
WBFF reported that a bomb robot scanned the man, who appeared to have survived the gunshot, for nearly an hour before he was stripped of his clothes and taken to a hospital. He’s believed to be in his 20s.
“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,” said WBFF news director Mike Tomko, who encountered the suspect in the lobby of the building. “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.”
The suspect’s vehicle was also present at the scene, burning from its gas tank — a fire that WBFF believes he started before entering the station.
The Baltimore station was evacuated after the incident and no police or station employees were injured.