UPDATE: Sallisaw Police investigating bomb threat to CN tag office
SALLISAW – Sallisaw Police Department officials said detectives are investigating an Aug. 7 bomb threat that was directed at the Cherokee Nation’s tag office in town.
Capt. Jeff Murray said in a statement that SPD detectives are following active leads and interviewing witnesses and possible suspects.
According to his statement, the SPD received a phone call at 8:13 a.m. on Aug. 7 from the CN stating that its tag office in Sallisaw had received a bomb threat. Murray said the SPD responded to the call along with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Sallisaw Fire Department, CN Marshal Service and Sequoyah County Emergency Management.
Officials evacuated the building, located at 100 E. Choctaw, and portions of the downtown area were blocked off by Sallisaw police, according to the Sequoyah County Times. The alley parallel to Cherokee Avenue as well as Chickasaw Street from Walnut to Oaks streets were also blocked off, officials said.
Murray said Sallisaw police officers trained in bomb detection conducted perimeter checks and walk-throughs around 9:30 a.m. but did not enter the building. OHP Patrol Bomb squad members brought in bomb-sniffing dogs but the dogs were not alerted to any explosives within the building or within close proximity to it, Murray said.
CN Marshal Shannon Buhl said the tag office was evacuated for several hours and closed to allow marshals to investigate. He said no devices were found.
“Anytime there is a threat, it’s our job to ensure Cherokee Nation employees, tribal citizens and the public are safe,” he said.