UPDATE 1/21/2021 9:41AM- Chief Fontenot reports that the case of the Suspicious Device at the Family Dollar Store in the Amy Shopping Center in Eunice has been solved. Police responded to a 911 call about the suspicious device just after 7:00 P.M. Saturday evening, January 16. State Police responded with their robot to safely remove and destroy the device. Video at the location revealed that a customer may have been responsible for placement of the device. According to witnesses and the video, a customer went into the store and purchased a backpack. He exited the store and stopped near the door to transfer items from the old to the new backpack. When the customer left the area, the device was seen at the location. The customer was identified and later located and questioned by police. He admitted to inadvertently leaving the device at the scene, not realizing until a later time that he had not placed it into the new backpack. According to the customer, the device was a flashlight he owned. The switch was inoperable so he attached a
black box to the light housing. The box was to contain a battery and the wiring acted as a switch and conduit for power to the flashlight bulb. No malice was intended and the customer was apologetic for the commotion.
Saturday, January 16 at 7:11 PM the Eunice Police and Fire Departments responded to a 911 call of a suspicious device near the entrance of the Family Dollar Store in the Amy Shopping Center on E. Laurel Ave (U.S. Hwy 190). A flashlight was located with what appeared to be some type of power supply attached to it and connected with wiring. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office was requested for the use of their bomb detection canine. The canine did not alert on the device. The Louisiana State Police responded with their robot. The robot was used to remove the device to a safe location to be detonated. Two detonations were required. The device turned out to be harmless. Evidence was collected at the scene and the investigation is continuing. It should be noted that no threats were called in to the store or the police. If anyone has information about this incident that could help clear up some questions, please call the Eunice Police Department at 337-457-2626.