UPDATE: On January 27, 2020, at approximately 8:35 AM, the Franklin Police Department received a call of a bomb threat at the St. Mary Parish Courthouse located on Main Street in Franklin, LA. Personnel with the Franklin Police Department, Office of Homeland Security, and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office then began an evacuation of the courthouse building. Upon the completion of the evacuation, the building was searched for any suspicious devices by law enforcement officials. In addition, the Chitimacha Tribal Police Department assisted in search efforts by deploying their K-9 bomb dog. The detectives division of the Franklin Police Department worked throughout to locate and identify the caller. At this time the building has been cleared and is operating under normal business. The investigation efforts continue into the caller of the bomb threat.
Law enforcement in St. Mary Parish are investigating a bomb threat at the St. Mary Parish Courthouse. David Spencer with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed the threat but has no information. We were told to reach out to Franklin Police for further information and are currently awaiting a response.
This is the second bomb threat at the courthouse in less than a week. Thursday, January 23, 2020, the courthouse was evacuated due to a bomb threat. Upon the completion of the evacuation, the building was searched for any suspicious devices by law enforcement officials and later cleared. Detectives are still investigating this incident.