The Rutherford County Republican Party office on West Main Street received a suspicious package Friday morning that prompted a police response and led to the evacuation of at least one neighboring business.
The Murfreesboro Police Department said in a statement on Facebook, “MPD with the assistance of (Murfreesboro Fire Rescue) evacuated several downtown businesses while they investigated a suspicious package on W. Main. Police K9 was brought in. Everything is safe, scene is clear and employees have returned to work. “
Daniel Gammon, chairman of the Republican County Republican Party, issued a statement that said, “This morning we received a package at the Rutherford County Republican Party headquarters that appeared to be a bomb. We immediately contacted local authorities and evacuated the building. We are thankful for the quick action of Murfreesboro law enforcement and that all of our volunteers and staff are safe."
An employee at City Café, which adjoins the GOP office, said their restaurant was briefly evacuated.
MPD spokesman Larry Flowers said, on Friday afternoon, that he was waiting to see if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would take over the investigation.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden also released a statement that said, “The threat made against the Rutherford County Republican Party this morning is alarming. There is no instance where violence is acceptable in any political conversation. We condemn this threat of violence and are extremely grateful to local law enforcement for their quick response to this potential threat.”