Bomb Threat at Wal-Mart Parking Lot
On Monday, November 7, 2016, at approximately 8:20 AM, the Madison Police Department received a call from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office advising of information they had obtained from an individual who had telephoned the sheriff’s office and advised he was located in the parking lot of the Madison Wal-Mart and that he and his vehicle were laced with explosives. The vehicle was described as a 4-door Gold Saturn sedan.
Police Officers were immediately dispatched to the scene and arrived at 8:22 AM. Immediately upon their arrival the individual in question was observed standing next to the vehicle. The individual approached the officers with his hands raised. The officers were able to determine that the subject did not have explosives on his person and took him into custody without incident.
The north parking lot of the Wal-Mart Shopping Center was evacuated and a security perimeter was established around the suspect vehicle. Additionally, a portion of Grandview Boulevard was closed. Federal law enforcement resources were contacted as well as the Clinton Police Department Bomb Squad. At approximately 10:00 AM the Clinton Police Department Bomb Squad arrived on the scene and began an assessment of the suspect vehicle. Using robotic and other equipment the Bomb Squad was able to determine that the vehicle was safe at 10:53 AM. No explosives were found.
The subject taken into custody has been placed under mental evaluation as mental health and/or substance abuse issues may be a factor in this event. If criminal charges are brought against the individual he will be identified at that time.
The Madison Police Department thanks the first responders who participated in the safe and successful conclusion of this event. These agencies included the F.B.I., the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Clinton Police Department, the Mississippi Department of Corrections, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Madison Fire Department, and Pafford EMS.