BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Police Department is currently investigating the discovery of explosive devices and bomb-making materials at a North Florida Street residence, after responding to a suicide threat involving firearms on Monday afternoon.
According to scanner traffic, BPD Officer Angel McCauley responded to the call for a suicidal adult male wielding a loaded AR-15 rifle in the alley. The caller also warned that the man had threatened to shoot anyone who tried to stop him. Officer McCauley was reportedly able to quickly deescalate the situation.
Later that evening, an investigation ensued as a portion of North Florida Street was closed with a heavy presence of emergency personnel. Various outside agencies were observed near the residence well into the night. Brian Shreves, Director of Upshur County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management declined to comment.
Lt. Doug Loudin of the Buckhannon Police Department told The Record Delta, “Right now, we’re just trying to sift through all the information that we obtained last night. The public’s safety is our primary concern and that’s why we took the steps that we took last night.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the BPD issued the following press release:
“On Monday afternoon, the Buckhannon Police Department responded to a call at a residence at 54 N. Florida Street for a threatened suicide involving firearms. Upon arrival, officers were able to talk the individual into dropping his weapons and detained him until he could be transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for evaluation.
“Upon further investigation, explosive devices and bomb-making materials were discovered in a room adjacent to the male subject’s bedroom. The explosive devices were safely removed from the residence by the West Virginia State Police Bomb disposal unit. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) responded to the scene to assist as needed.
“The Buckhannon Police Department is conducting the investigation, assisted by West Virginia Natural Resources Police, the West Virginia State Police, the Upshur County Sheriff's Office, Upshur County Office of Emergency Management, Buckhannon Fire Department, and Upshur County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The incident remains under investigation and the subject’s name is being withheld pending results of the investigation. More details will be available upon completion of the investigation.
“The Buckhannon Police Department, led by Chief Matt Gregory, employs 11 full-time officers, one part-time, and one administrative assistant. The department is responsible for community safety, crime prevention, and apprehension of offenders. The Buckhannon Police Department is currently seeking national accreditation through the CALEA program, which ensures compliance with national regulations and best practices in policing and crime reduction. In an emergency, call 911. To report a crime via the anonymous tip line, call (304) 473-1001. For assistance or questions, please call (304) 472-5723.”
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