Threat that caused lockdown at Denver City and County Building unfounded

Threat that caused lockdown at Denver City and County Building unfounded

Denver police locked down the Denver City and County Building following a phone threat against the mayor’s office and then reopened the building Wednesday morning after two sweeps determined it was unfounded.

“We take these threats very seriously and that’s why we did the lockdown to keep our city employees and our residents coming in and out of city hall safe,” Mayor Michael Hancock said during a news conference following the security sweeps. “We will not stop until we find out who made these threats to city hall and bring them to justice.”

A threat or multiple threats were called into the Denver City and County Building at 1437 Bannock St. at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Security staff and police immediately locked the building down before more city employees and residents entered the building to reduce the potential threat, Hancock said.

The mayor said that he has spoken to city hall security staff on previous occasions when threats were made to ensure that they have strong contingency plans.

In a Denver police tweet, the City and County of Denver had asked people to “please avoid” the area because of a “credible threat.” People inside the building were told to “return to your office and lock down until released by public safety.”

City employees received an email at 8:14 a.m.

The Fraternal Order of Police chapter affiliated with the Denver Sheriff Department had tweeted that the city and county building was on lockdown because of a credible threat to shoot Hancock.

When reporters asked Hancock whether his life was threatened, he said he wasn’t sure whether the threat was directed at him or generally at the mayor’s office.

Jackson said the police took an abundance of caution to make sure everything was OK.

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