Marine Found After Chlorine Threat Closes Morehead City Hotel

A Marine who police say caused a hotel to be evacuated for most of the day is now in custody.

Morehead City Police Chief Wrenn Johnson tells WITN that a Craven County deputies apprehended the Marine this afternoon.

The Hampton Inn on Arendell Street was evacuated around 9:45 a.m. after police were told the Marine planned to kill himself with chlorine gas.

A police tactical unit first searched the hotel, and then a haz-mat team from Cherry Point went through the building. Around 2:45 p.m. guests were allowed back inside.

Johnson says there were chemicals found in the hotel room, but won't say what they were. She said they plan to get help for the Marine, but he also faces charges because there was extensive damage done to the room.


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An emergency situation involving a Marine who threatened to kill himself with chlorine gas closed off a Morehead City hotel for most of the day.

Crime scene tape surrounded the Hampton Inn on Arendell Street.

Police say they received a call around 9:45 a.m. from a third party that said the Marine was going to use chlorine to commit suicide.

The Morehead City Police tactical response unit, the fire department, and a haz-mat team from Cherry Point are on scene. The hotel was evacuated, along with a nearby fast food restaurant. Police kept people some 300 feet from the hotel.

When they arrived, police say no one was in the room. A police tactical unit and then the haz-mat team made sure the hotel was safe again. The hotel reopened to guests around 2: 45 p.m.

Chief Wrenn Johnson says between 20 and 30 people were evacuated from the hotel.

Guests tells us the man was on the third floor.


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