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Suspect in custody after bomb threats against Thyra Thompson building

Officers walk through the parking lot of the Thyra Thompson State Office Building after a bomb threat on Wednesday afternoon in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A suspect was taken into custody around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 after bomb threats caused the evacuation of the Thyra Thomson State Office Building in Casper, authorities said.

The building was given the “all clear” around 2 p.m. after the CPD bomb-detection team of K-9 Reed and Officer Southcott investigated the inside of the building and exterior grounds. 

“The Casper Police Department believes this to be an isolated event with a single suspect and no further danger to the community,” said CPD spokesperson Amber Freestone in an official release Wednesday afternoon.

Dispatchers received the first of multiple calls reporting threats to State of Wyoming offices and employees around 11:08 a.m. Wednesday, the release said.

Police said the threats specifically concerned the Wyoming Department of Corrections Probation and Parole offices, which are housed in the state building.

Multiple agencies responded to the site and employees were evacuated. Police officers and Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputies remained on scene with Casper Fire-EMS and Banner Health-Wyoming Medical Center personnel as the investigation unfolded.

“We would like to thank the responding agencies including the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Casper Fire, and Emergency Medical Services for their quick arrival and effective teamwork,” the release said.

“The Casper Police Department is dedicated to the protection and Safety of our community through the highest standards of professionalism in police services,” the CPD said.