Man in custody after bomb threat at Missouri truck stop

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COLUMBIA, Mo.- The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says a man is in custody after he made a bomb threat at a truck stop in central Missouri.

The sheriff’s department said in a news release that officers were called to the Midway Travel Plaza west of Columbia early Monday after a man refused to leaveafter he allegedly tried to start a fire.

The release says the man allegedly told a dispatcher that he had a bomb in a backpack and would be waiting for deputies to arrive.

When deputies arrived, the man refused to follow their orders to walk away from the backpack. Deputies shot the man with a beanbag and he was taken to a local hospital.

The Columbia Fire Department Bomb Squad determined the backpack did not contain a bomb.

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