Bomb threat at Wal-Mart received

by Michael Bush -

Altus Police received a bomb threat at the Altus Wal-Mart store early Sunday, Oct. 4. According to Captain Det. Tommy Uptergrove of the Altus Police Department, dispatch received a phone call at 1 a.m. Sunday morning from a caller who stated that he had placed an unknown amount of bombs in Wal-Mart and they were set to detonate very soon.

Altus Police officers responded, accompanied by Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Upon arrival, the building was evacuated and cleared by law enforcement personnel,” said Uptergrove.

Contact was also made with Altus Air Force Base Security Forces. They arranged for two bomb dog units to be deployed to search the building. The building was searched at about 2:15 a.m. and cleared by the bomb dog teams. Employees were then allowed to return and business continued as usual.

Further investigation is ongoing for the purpose of identifying the caller.

by Michael Bush

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