Sus­pi­cious let­ter shuts po­lice sta­tion

San Antonio Express-News - - METRO -

A sus­pi­cious pack­age forced the shut­down of a San An­to­nio po­lice sub­sta­tion Fri­day evening.

Of­fi­cer Car­los Or­tiz, an SAPD spokesman, said a man came in with a pack­age at about 5 p.m. to the sub­sta­tion at 13030 Jones Malts­berger.

The man told po­lice that he re­ceived the sus­pi­cious pack­age as a “re­turn to sender” that had been mailed to an ad­dress in Florida, Or­tiz said.

“The per­son who brought this in said ‘There’s no way it should be re­turn to sender. I am not the sender,’ ” Or­tiz said.

The pack­age was a let­ter­style en­ve­lope in­side a sealed manila en­ve­lope. In the let­ter en­ve­lope, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found a snack-sized zip-lock bag that con­tained a white, pow­dery sub­stance.

Or­tiz said that as the man brought the pack­age in­side the sub­sta­tion, a white, pow­dery sub­stance was leak­ing from it.

“At that point, the of­fi­cers and staff that was in­side de­cided to err on the side of cau­tion,” he said.

A haz­ardous ma­te­rial team was called and the sub­sta­tion was evac­u­ated ex­cept for those who had come in con­tact with or were close to the sub­stance.

They in­stead were quar­an­tined in­side the sub­sta­tion, po­lice said.

The haz­mat team took a sam­ple of the pow­der and de­ter­mined that it was a non­haz­ardous ma­te­rial.

Or­tiz said the pack­age will now be sent to a lab­o­ra­tory for fur­ther test­ing.

Po­lice said they will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the pack­age and de­ter­mine its ori­gin.

“The per­son who brought in the pack­age, he did what was right,” Or­tiz said. “He erred on the side of cau­tion. Yes, it did bring out a lot of re­sources and close down Jones Malts­berger for a while, but in the end, it turned out not to be any­thing that we have to worry about.” District said the post was “placed on lock­down again.”

At noon, the base re­leased an up­date stat­ing that the lock­down was lifted around 10:11 a.m. af­ter “an ex­ten­sive search of the in­stal­la­tion.”

Se­cu­rity forces de­tained one oc­cu­pant, but an­other re­mained at large. Af­ter 5:30 p.m., of­fi­cials said se­cu­rity forces had de­ter­mined that the sus­pect had fled the in­stal­la­tion.

Ear­lier, au­thor­i­ties said they had iden­ti­fied the at-large sus­pect but had not re­leased that per­son’s name as of 9 p.m.

A bul­let struck him in the head, caus­ing him to crash through a fence. The vic­tim’s pas­sen­ger was un­in­jured.

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