New Mexico Capitol evacuated due to threat

July 29, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities evacuated the New Mexico Capitol after a male caller threatened to kill himself in the building.

State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the evacuation was ordered around 12:30 [auth] p.m. Monday and the building was shuttered for the rest of the day. He says police know the identity of the caller, but hadn’t been able to locate him.

A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez says the governor’s office had received a series of calls from someone threating suicide. Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell says the evacuation was ordered after an initial investigation by law enforcement found the threat to be credible.

Knell says the governor wasn’t in the building at the time.

The Legislative Council Service said the Capitol will reopen to the public on Tuesday.

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