Man Who Entered Baltimore TV Station with Fake Bomb Sent for Treatment

Alex Brizzi being sent to a state hospital for treatment for schizophrenia

A man shot and wounded by police after walking into a Baltimore TV station wearing an animal costume and a fake bomb is being sent to a state hospital for treatment for schizophrenia.

Local media report that a judge ruled Wednesday that Alex Brizzi was not criminally responsible for his actions and committed to a state hospital for treatment.

Police said Brizzi walked into WBFF-TV in April wearing a hedgehog suit and a fake bomb made out of candy bars, foils and wires taped to a life preserver. He was shot three times by police.

Brizzi's father has said he his son believed the world was ending and might have been trying to get the message out.

Brizzi was charged with arson, malicious burning, threat of arson, reckless endangerment and possessing a phony destructive device.

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