Police: Couple planted fake bomb hoping to shoot officers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama couple planted a fake bomb at a suburban elementary school hoping to shoot officers arriving at the scene, police said Wednesday.
Zachary Edwards, 35, and Raphel Dilligard, 34, of Birmingham face charges that include making terrorist threats, rendering a false alarm and possessing a hoax destructive device, said police Capt. Jeff Bridges of Trussville, Ala.
A hoax bomb was found outside Magnolia Elementary School on Nov. 16, prompting a response that included agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Authorities said it contained gunpowder, modeling clay and a timer, but no detonator. Experts examined the device and then detonated it at the scene. Arrested afterward, the couple told investigat ors what t hey had planned, police said.