Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Detectives are actively investigating a bomb threat that was phoned into Walmart. On Saturday, March 5, 2016 around 11:38 p.m., Mt. Juliet’s Police & Fire Communications Center was notified by Walmart management in reference to a bomb threat that was phoned in. Immediately, police and fire units responded to the scene to secure the area and ensure a safe evacuation.
Further investigation revealed that the caller phoned in a bomb threat and demanded cash. The unknown caller remained on the phone for approximately 1 hour, speaking with police and store management regarding the threat. At one point, the caller connected a news desk from a local TV news station to the call so the media could hear their statements. After Walmart was evacuated and parking lot secured, bomb detector dogs from Lebanon Emergency Services Unit responded to the scene to assist in ensuring the property was safe.
Officers and bomb detector dogs searched the Walmart property, and it was deemed safe around 2:30 a.m. Detectives continue to investigate the source and are hoping to identify the caller.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .