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Official Statement By Sheriff On Lamar County Courthouse Bomb Threat

Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass

SHERIFF SCOTT CASS

LAMAR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

125 BROWN AVENUE PARIS, TEXAS 75460

903-737-2400 PHONE / 903-737-2498 FAX

Press Release

Bomb Threat

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, sometime around 1:00 pm, a Lamar County Courthouse Security Deputy found a note in one of the bottom floor bathrooms. The message stated there was a bomb in the upstairs courtroom. The Deputy immediately notified District Court personnel and Deputies that were present in the courtroom. Lamar County Deputies, Court Bailiffs, Lamar County Attorney Investigator, and Precinct 5 Constables spread throughout the courthouse, alerting all staff and civilians to exit the courthouse immediately. They completely evacuated the courthouse in a short period. Law enforcement agencies, including Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, Courthouse Bailiffs, Attorney Investigator, Precinct 5 Constables, and Paris Police, completed a primary sweep. Plano Bomb Squad personnel and K-9 trained in detecting explosives made a secondary sweep of the building before clearing it of explosive devices.

“The person or persons responsible interrupted the business of the courthouse where a sitting Judge was on the bench. Court proceedings were taking place, and citizens were going to various county offices to conduct county business. The investigation is currently ongoing, and anyone with any information on this crime, please get in touch with crime stoppers or the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.”

“I commend the quick response from Law enforcement on the scene who worked together to evacuate the building very quickly. Also, thank you to the employees and citizens who left quickly and orderly as we implemented the evacuation protocols.”

Scott Cass

Sheriff of Lamar County, TX