Sunday, May 22, 2022

Bomb Threat in Oxford’s Malco Studio Cinema

Oxford Police units and emergency vehicles cordoned off the parking lot at Malco Theater in Oxford on Sunday night following a bomb scare / Photo By Jared Senseman

Tupelo Bomb Squad called in to investigate suspicious package

Malco Theater in Oxford Mall was evacuated Sunday night due to a bomb scare.

The company posted a Tweet Sunday evening notifying patrons to stay away from the Oxford Mall location for their own safety.

“#OxfordMall parking lot sit. & authorities are onsite. Pls stay clear of area until further notice,” the company posted.

Kevin Stark sits in his police cruiser while awaiting more news from the bomb scare at Malco theatre Sunday night / Photo By Jared Senseman

Oxford Police Department Deputy Chief Kevin Stark told a reporter on the scene that customers had been safely evacuated, and that further investigation was still underway.

“At about 6:30 this afternoon we received a call about a suspicious package at the Malco Theater,” Stark said.

“Our responding officers deemed the package to be suspicious based on circumstances. We cordoned off the area and requested assistance from the Tupelo Bomb squad.”

Currently, the Oxford Mall location has now been cleared.

Following the bomb scare, Deputy Chief Stark issued the following statement to the news media:

“At approximately 6:30 p.m. the Oxford Police Department received a call about a suspicious package in the parking lot of the Oxford Mall. The responding officers deemed the package suspicious based on the circumstances. The area was secured and assistance was requested from the Tupelo Police Bomb Squad. Once on scene, the Tupelo Bomb Squad checked the package and deemed it safe. The Oxford Police Department and The University Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident. The FBI, ATF, The Oxford Fire Department and Oxford Emergency Management assisted with the scene.” –– Jared Senseman, senior journalism major, Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

Oxford Police on the scene of the bomb scare at Oxford’s Malco Theater Sunday night / Photo By Jared Senseman


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