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"USA Today" HQ evacuated after unconfirmed report of person with a weapon - "USA Today"

08.08.2019, 11:54

Heavily armed police officers evacuated USA TODAY's headquarters in the Washington suburbs Wednesday after authorities said they received a report of a person with a weapon that ultimately proved to be unsubstantiated, as "USA Today" reported.

Fairfax County, Virginia, police reported that they had cleared the entire building without incident.

"This is a non-event," said Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. "Everyone is safe, and I do not have any evidence that a crime was committed."

Roessler said police had located a "person of interest" related to the case. The person was being questioned by police, but Roessler said the person was not linked to any crime.

Police received a call at 11:56 a.m., reporting that a man with gun was seen at the building, which holds the headquarters for USA TODAY, its parent company, Gannett Co., and offices for a variety of other businesses. The incident involved a company other than Gannett located in the building, Roessler said.

Barbara Wall, Gannett's acting chief operating officer, said police received a report Tuesday night that an employee of one those businesses had received a threatening text from a former co-worker. Police are seeking to determine if the incidents are linked.

Earlier at a briefing, Roessler said officers had been searching for a former employee of one of the companies who he described as a "person of interest." Authorities found the individual at another location.

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