UPDATE: Casper Police Take Bomb Threat Suspect Into Custody
UPDATE: Casper Police at 1:10 p.m. today took a suspect into custody who allegedly made bomb threats to Wyoming State offices and employees earlier in the day, according to a press release from the Police Department.
The arrest followed reports of bomb threats to Wyoming state offices and employees received by Casper-Natrona County Dispatch starting at 11:08 a.m.
A report specifically mentioned the Wyoming Department of Corrections Probation and Parole office in the Thyra Thomson State Office Building, 444 W. Collins Drive.
Casper Police officers and Natrona County Sheriff's deputies responded and secured a perimeter as employees evacuated the building.
At noon, shelter was offered to employees nearby but most of the employees received clearance from supervisors to go home and await further instruction.
Police and deputies remained on scene with Casper Fire-EMS personnel stationed nearby while bomb K9 Reed and Officer Southcott cleared the inside of the building and exterior grounds.
The building was given the “all clear” just before 2 p.m.
The Casper Police Department believes this is an isolated event with a single suspect and no further danger to the community.
At least one bomb threat caused the evacuation of about 400 employees in the Thyra Thomson State Office Building downtown about 11 a.m., a Casper Police Department spokeswoman said.
Amber Freestone said a police officer and his bomb-sniffing dog K-9 Reed were inspecting the building at 444 W. Collins Drive and would be debriefed before any employees could return to their offices.
Freestone said she did not know how many calls were received, nor which if any offices were named as targets of the bomb threats.
Besides the Casper Police Department, the Natrona County Sheriff's Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to the scene. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also was notified.