Bomb Squad detonates suspicious package


Package located at the entrance of the County Jail after death threats to staff

SAN LUIS OBISPO - A suspicious package was located near the front door of the San Luis Obispo County Jail on Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m.  Staff walking near the entrance noticed the suspicious package by the front door and immediately reported it. Jail staff recently received death threats associated with protests against several deaths at the jail over the past few years including that of Atascadero man Andrew Holland, who died in 2017 after being restrained for nearly 48 hours. 

The County Bomb Task Force was called in and examined the package. Precautionary measures were taken including evacuating members of the public who were visiting loved ones at the jail. The lobby and the parking lot at the jail were closed down along with the street in front of the jail, Kansas Avenue Members of the bomb squad detonated the package around 9:30 p.m.

In a press release, Sheriff’s Office representative Tony Cipolla said that “The Sheriff’s Office is in a heightened sense of security” that in light of the recent death threats.

These threats were made after a video of Holland dying was released Friday.

The contents of the package were not disclosed. The Sheriff’s Office was not able to provide any further information regarding any suspects connected with the package.

We will update this story with more information as it’s available.

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