Military police at Joint Base Lewis-McChord released a soldier who was detained this morning on suspicion of threatening his unit command and determined the suspicious device in his car was a training aid.
Here’s s a statement from the base:
“The scene of an earlier military police examination of a suspected explosive device has been cleared. The event began when a soldier told his chain of command that he had an explosive device in his car. At that time, law enforcement was notified and the statement was treated as a threat. However, the soldier later clarified that the device was a training aid built for use at a unit training event – not an actual explosive and containing no explosive materials. The device was found in the soldier’s car, examined by law enforcement and an explosive ordnance disposal team and determined not to be a threat. No arrest has been made in conjunction with the incident.”
Military police at Joint Base Lewis-McChord today arrested a soldier who allegedly made threats against his unit that involved a “suspicious device” he said he possessed in his car.
An explosive ordnance disposal team is investigating the soldier’s vehicle, base spokesman Joe Piek said.
The vehicle is parked somewhere along a 1.5-stretch of barracks and unit headquarters in an area known as Lewis-McChord’s “banana belt.”
Piek said he did not know which unit the soldier threatened.
We’ll update this story as we learn more about the arrest and the EOD team’s work.