A man dressed in a panda suit was shot and wounded Thursday by a police sniper after he entered a Baltimore television station saying he had a bomb.
The man, who also wore a surgical mask, set fire to his car before entering the building. He was shot as he approached police officers outside the television station and refused to comply with orders to take his hands out of the pockets of the panda suit.
Police could see wires jutting from the suit and feared that he might have his finger on a detonator, said TJ Smith, a spokesman for Baltimore police.
The 25-year-old man was still alive after being shot, but police were initially unable to approach him because of concern about the possible bomb.
When authorities later sent a robot to inspect the suspect they found the vest he was wearing was made up of chocolate bars wrapped in aluminum foil.
The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.