Updated: Bomb Threat Resulting in Evacuation of St. Mary Parish Courthouse
UPDATE from Franklin Police Department:
On January 23, 2020, at approximately 11:45 AM, the Franklin Police Department received a call of a bomb threat at the St. Mary Parish Courthouse located on Main Street in Franklin, LA. Immediately, the Franklin Police Department contacted officials within the courthouse to advise them of the threat received. Personnel with the Franklin Police Department, the Franklin Fire Department, and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office then began an evacuation of the courthouse building. Upon the completion of the evacuation, the building was searched for any suspicious devices by law enforcement officials. In addition, the Chitimacha Tribal Police Department assisted in search efforts by deploying their K-9 bomb dog. The detectives division of the Franklin Police Department worked throughout to locate and identify the caller. At this time the building has been cleared and the investigation efforts continue into the caller of the bomb threat.
UPDATE, Thursday, 1:21 pm: The evacuation has been lifted and the courthouse has been declared safe to enter. The investigation continues and a suspect had not yet been identified.
KQKI News has confirmed that the St. Mary Parish Courthouse in Franklin has been evacuated due to a bomb threat. They are currently investigating the situation and we will update the story as more information becomes available.