Suspicious letter, substance prompts investigation at DA's office

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 6:49pm

A suspicious letter containing a white powder led officials to shut down the Davidson County District Attorney's Office Tuesday afternoon while authorities tried to discern if the threat was real or merely a 9/11 hoax.

One of the attorneys in the office received a letter with the substance at about 3:15 p.m. The fifth floor — where District Attorney Torry Johnson's office is — was then evacuated. Fire personnel as well as SWAT and bomb teams were called to the scene.

Police blocked off Second Avenue North between Gay and Union streets around 4:45 p.m. while they investigated. Employees who work in the building were instructed to clean their hands as they left work on Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the letter had been sent by an inmate.