Investigation continues at FAA radar center; Unknown when it will reopen

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This FAA radar center remains a crime scene tonight.  Local investigators are continuing to gather evidence as they work to understand the motive behind this morning's bizarre incident, allegedly set off by a 36-year-old contractor from Naperville.

Aurora fire and police encountered an uncooperative suspect in a smoky basement at Aurora's FAA radar facility around 6 a.m. Friday morning. Investigators believe the suspect deliberately set the fire, possibly using accelerants, before cutting or stabbing himself.

The suspect was taken to an Aurora hospital with "multiple stab wounds,” said Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas. He is in “stable condition."

The suspect also suffered burns.

This is no indication that this was a terrorist act.

Other than a case of smoke inhalation, close to 30 FAA employees escaped unharmed and were told to go home.

Amid reports of both fire and water damage to the buildings computer and the transmission cables and equipment, the FAA says they don't know the full extent of the damage or how long it'll take to repair everything, because they can't get back into the building.

The investigation continues.


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