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Suspicious package sent to Spokane judge releases 'fume' when opened; Courthouse evacuated

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The name on the letters is Cain's preferred name. The name on the letters is Cain's preferred name.
This letter was received by the Prosecutor's Office moments after the first package was opened This letter was received by the Prosecutor's Office moments after the first package was opened
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The entire Spokane County Courthouse was evacuated Thursday morning after a bailiff for a judge opened a package which released a "fume." 

Haz-mat crews arrived and evacuated the campus. A witness told KHQ that a bailiff for a judge opened a package that was sent to the judge, releasing some sort of chemical fume. First the third floor was evacuated, then the entire courthouse. 

Deputy Mark Gregory with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office says three people were "sickened" in the incident, complaining of headaches, scratchy throats and minor chest pains. They were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Eight people were evaluated in total.

The fire department says no lives were at risk during the incident and the courthouse has been reopened.

A second suspicious letter arrived a short while later - addressed to a prosecutor. It was unopened and taken by officials.

The return address on that letter was listed for Christopher Cain Bey. A source tells KHQ that the same name is associated with the letter sent to the judge that caused evacuations.

So who is Christopher Cain Bey? KHQ found out that it is a man named Christopher Cain's preferred name. Cain admitted to sending one letter to the prosecutor, but denied putting anything on it.

Meanwhile, Cain's wife told KHQ's Patrick Erickson that she is the one who sent the letters. She says she only included court documents in the letters and would never harm anyone.

Cain is currently in custody for assault and a drive by shooting. He is representing himself in his trial.

The FBI and the Postal Inspector will be taking over the investigation. No one has been named a suspect yet, including Christopher Cain Bey.

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