Suspicious package, material sent to Sherman, TX office

Editor’s note: This article has been updated throughout.

The Sherman Police Department said no one was injured Thursday after a suspicious package was sent to the Sherman office of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

“The Department of Family and Protective services received a package that contained a note and a suspicious material,” Sgt. Brett Mullen said.

It was unclear whether the package was initially opened inside the agency’s office at 902 Cottonwood Drive, but the box was eventually placed in a small field outside the building. A handful of police and fire officials remained on scene while a United States Postal Service investigator examined the package and tested the material inside. The box was ultimately removed from the scene.

While local authorities were awaiting the arrival of the USPS investigator, Sherman Fire-Rescue Capt. Dale Tilley said no injuries had been reported and the office’s staff had been sent home.

Mullen said there was no immediate information to suggest that the package or the material inside posed any threat to staff members, but the incident comes just days after two people were killed in Austin by multiple package bombs left on residential doorsteps. A host of agencies, including the FBI, are investigating the matter in Austin.

“We take any kind of threat or situation that could be a threat to the population very seriously,” Mullen said regarding the department’s response Thursday.

The investigation is ongoing.

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