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-- hold a mail bomb that somebody sent to the self described toughest sheriff in the nation was likely powerful enough to kill whoever opened it.
That's according to investigators in what is now the latest in a string of attacks or attempted attacks on high profile law enforcement figures.
Joseph Arpaio is the controversial sheriff of miracle accounting and Arizona -- includes Phoenix.
The Justice Department is currently investigating him over accusations that his office racially profiles Latinos.
Earlier this week the Postal Service intercepted a package addressed to sheriff Arpaio one that was reportedly leaking gunpowder.
From what we have been told the latest information was had someone opened that package.
It would have caused a major explosion and cause serious physical injury burns and maybe death.
Investigators say they've identified a suspect but they did not give us any details as to who that suspect might be.
The Fox Report -- correspondent Jonathan Hunt is in the newsroom with more on this chair for -- spoke out today John.
Yet and I'm not surprisingly for a sheriff who has made a lot of enemies over the last few years he came out fighting -- full of defiance.
And a promise that he will not be intimidated by anyone listen.
I'm not leaving this office.
I'm not going.
No matter what they do what they say I'm staying.
As my nature I'm not -- surrender.
Not -- keep fighting and keep doing the job for the people of this company.
And that's my message again to all these people.
They don't like -- sure.
Now I'm not being intimidated though is not the same as not being concerned in the sheriff did admit that given.
All the attacks we've seen recently on -- enforcement officials he does have some concern put himself.
And his family obviously shot yet and thankfully that package never made it to his office right it was dropped off other mail box -- in a rural area outside of flag stop Arizona that's about a 140 miles north of Phoenix.
-- sheriff Arpaio is based.
Now that via postal carrier.
Thought it was unusual because it have a lot of postage stamps on it.
That is a red flag indicates that whoever was sending it.
One -- it to wanted to make sure adult bed but did not want to go to the post office and get it -- say he took it to the postal center.
They noticed that some gunpowder was leaking they cold in the bomb squad took -- actual parking lot -- told.
And did what does that make safe test in other -- they fired a water cannon on it.
Now the important point again is it did not actually explode at that point.
-- the investigators a lot more evidence to look at and as you said late word tonight that they have identified some one.
They want to told to -- Jonathan Hunt in our Newark New York newsroom thanks.
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