Suspicious package mailed to Charlotte police came from Harnett County

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Suspicious package at CMPD traced back to Campbell University
The Charlotte police building was evacuated while the package was checked out by a bomb squad.

CHARLOTTE (WTVD) -- Sources tell ABC11 the package that was sent to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's headquarters Tuesday, which led to an evacuation, was originally sent from Harnett County.

Sources say a person mailed the package out from Campbell University.

An employee deemed it suspicious once it arrived in Charlotte. A bomb-sniffing dog set off an alert.

Police cordoned several blocks near headquarters Tuesday. Officers used vehicles and bicycles to block intersections.


The bomb squad was brought in and a mobile command unit was set up outside the building.

The package was eventually lifted into a capsule and sent to a remote location, where it was deemed safe.

Sources say a cell phone, keys, and a flashlight were found inside.

Sources tell ABC11 the person who mailed out the items from Campbell is not facing any charges.

University officials say they will cooperate, if needed, with authorities.

Police say the department took these steps out of an abundance of caution. The package was discovered just as activists were entering the building to deliver demands to Police Chief Kerr Putney.

The evacuation comes a week after Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by police, sparking protests and demonstrations in the city.

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