September 16th, 2011
06:57 PM ET

Lockdown of Arizona Air Force base ends

[Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET] Officials at a U.S. Air Force Base in southern Arizona have called off their response to a security situation that prompted a base-wide lock down, the Air Force said Friday in a statement.

The release notes that "increased security measures were taken around the base following the unconfirmed sighting of a man entering an office building, apparently armed."

No further information was provided on the situation or the person, whom the release characterized as a "suspect." But the Air Force did state that its officials have "terminated" their response to the incident.

[Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET] A gunman is holed up in a building on a U.S. Air Force base in Tucson, Arizona, a U.S. military official said.

No shots have been fired and law enforcement teams are on site, said the official, who has direct knowledge of the situation from conversations with base officials but did not want to be identified.

[Initial post, 3:45 p.m. ET] Arizona's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was placed on lockdown Friday morning after an unconfirmed report of a someone suspicious with a weapon, Tech Sgt. Russ Martin told reporters.

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No shots have been fired, and nobody is hurt, said a different base representative, Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Jones.

Two schools on the base in Tucson, including Borman Elementary School, also were locked down. Perimeter and classroom doors were locked, and students are staying where they are, said Karen Bynum, executive assistant to Superintendent John Pedicone.

Base representatives said the report was being investigated, and that the reportedly suspicious person has not been located.

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  1. AF wife

    My husband is SF at this base and my son was at daycare on this base today. I can assure everyone that this wasn't some guy "with a banana". Idiots! The SF at this base has excellent leadership and is very well trained and they were doing exactly what they were supposed to do. Had they not responded this way and someone got shot, you people would be screaming about how horrible and stupid the security is. Just can't please some people.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey

      yes ma'am, that is correct.

      September 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kurtis Kirby

    The base I do construction work has armed gaurds who sit in security forces pickups texting on there cell phones. They have people who patrol the area with automatic weapons. If you cross the redlines they have around some sights, it could get ugly. When we splice fiberoptic cables in some places we have a camo clothed babysitter who has to be present even if he has to pee real bad. They dont get mad or upset if we joke around with em. Chairforce would not make mad if we called them that. We are makeing a drone control building for them. They will be sitting in a chair as they use force in there missions. If they laugh, why cant you?

    September 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Assassinate suspects

    This man is a well-known suspect. President Obama should order a team of assassins to take him out before he can get to the nearest courtroom. That's how it's done these days...idn't it?

    September 17, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Assassinate suspects day in the autumn of '03, an Iraqi mother nurseing her baby was approached by 4 Blackwater paid mercenaries. One of the men tore the baby from the mothers niple and threw the crying baby into a mud-puddle. As the men took turns rayeping her, the ones waiting their turn shot at the child, who ended up in two pieces. The San Diego based Reuters news agency released this story in it's entirety. CNN only reported the part of an army medic's heroic efforts to save the baby's life. Who should we thank?

    September 17, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shut Up!


    September 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ Assasinate suspects

    well we Americans now know quite a bit about Blackwater thugs & what they left behind in Iraq. And the shame they brought to this nation.
    But we also carry the memory of thousands of our brave soldiers who died in Iraq serving their country. They were not the politicians who got us into that disaster. They fought & died when they were ordered to march.

    September 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
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