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Armed man arrested after suspected explosives found in car outside University of Kentucky hospital

Armed man, 44, is arrested after suspected explosive devices are found in his car outside University of Kentucky hospital emergency room

  • The FBI and ATF responded to an alleged bomb threat at UK’s Chandler Hospital on Thursday  
  • Bryan Carroll was arrested at the scene, University Police Chief Joe Monroe said
  • Monroe said his agency received a tip from police in a neighboring town Carroll was going to the hospital and was considered potentially armed and dangerous
  • Carroll was carrying multiple firearms and wearing body armor when police intercepted him outside the emergency room 
  • Investigators discovered ‘a couple’ suspected explosive devices in Carroll’s car
  • Monroe refused to elaborate on the tip that led to Carroll’s arrest 
  • It remains unclear if he was planning to detonate the explosives

Bryan Carroll was arrested on Thursday after multiple suspected explosives were found in his car at a University of Kentucky hospital

An armed man has been arrested after multiple suspected explosives were found near the emergency room at a hospital on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.  

Dozens of officers with the FBI, ATF and several local police departments responded to an alleged bomb threat at the university’s Chandler Hospital just after 10.30am on Thursday.  

University Police Chief Joe Monroe confirmed that 44-year-old Bryan Carroll was taken into custody and will face unspecified state and federal charges in connection with the incident. 

Monroe said his agency had received a tip from police in the neighboring town of Versailles that Carroll was going to the hospital to visit a relative and was considered potentially armed and dangerous. 

Police intercepted Carroll as he walked out of the hospital. The suspect was carrying multiple firearms and wearing body armor. 

Investigators discovered ‘a couple’ suspected explosive devices in Carroll’s car, which was parked outside the emergency room, Monroe said. 

The FBI and ATF responded to an alleged bomb threat at a hospital on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington on Thursday

The FBI and ATF responded to an alleged bomb threat at a hospital on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington on Thursday

Officers in hazmat gear were seen surveying the parking lot outside the emergency room

Officers in hazmat gear were seen surveying the parking lot outside the emergency room 

The police chief refused to elaborate on the tip that led to Carroll’s arrest and it remains unclear if he was planning to detonate the explosives. 

No one was injured in the incident that led authorities to block traffic in the area for more than four hours.  

Officers in bomb suits were pictured on the scene and a bomb disposal robot appeared to be checking various cars in the parking lot.   

Monroe refused to say how long Carroll had been on the radar of the Versailles Police Department, or why. 

He refuted social media rumors suggesting that the suspect had threatened to take people hostage inside the hospital.   

The university issued a statement confirming that the threat situation had ended at 3pm.

Police were seen outside a home in Versailles believed to belong to Carroll on Thursday afternoon. 

University Police Chief Joe Monroe (pictured) said Monroe said his agency received a tip from police in a neighboring town Carroll was going to the hospital and was considered potentially armed and dangerous

No one was injured in the incident that led authorities to block traffic in the area for more than four hours

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