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. dudley041518

    Yes. They will get serious, fast. Very.

    Go, Tina!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Libertarian

    The Chair force is a joke.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudley041518

      Without the AF, Chair-fairy, no one else works. Ever heard of GPS? C3? a thousand other systems that use all of the space above the battlefield? Who do you think drops the paratroopers, brings in the supplies and spots for the bombers? Did you know that AF/Army partnership is key, or the Army is blind and deaf?

      You, sir, or ma'am, are poorly informed and ignorant of all things military. And don't say you are a vet. No one will believe it, especially real vets.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Objectionist

      I must agree... you simply do not understand the way that the military works in the least, despite whether you might be in the military or not. Every branch of the DoD/DHS (Coast Guard) has a critical role to play in the success of the mission for all major military operations CONUS or OCONUS. I think you would be well served by staying off the radar altogether. Keep your ignorant thoughts to yourself and quite insulting the men and women of the Air Force.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    Why would they 'lock down' a military base? Shouldn't the soldiers there be defending it, instead of cowering and shutting all the doors?

    September 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • leisy

      Bob- lockdown just means they don't let anyone on or off base and buildings are secured. Security and guards don't go into hiding. Maybe you should try supporting the troops that fight for you. And that means keeping your lame comments to yourself.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      My bro-in-law works at Eglin. He proposed to modify the "Site Protection Plan" to allow personnel to help defend the installation. It gets down to the fact that ONE government employee is tasked to develop the plan, and his ENTIRE GOAL is to defend his bowl of rice. That's the way it is, period. Trained and armed civilians represent a threat to someone's bowl of rice. You shall not be motivated... motivation is the enemy of conformity... only through conformity can happiness be found... (by those who want to rule over us, that is.) 😉

      September 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      Bob, my palindromic friend. Our proud men in uniform shall soon dispatch the uninvited guest in their midst. I'm sure they have a bigger schwartz than he.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      @leisly. The guy was just posing a question. The fact is that security plans do, in fact, call for everyone to hide and cower. It will take a couple more mass shootings before Captain Obvious will appear and suggest that people be allowed to get certified to carry weapons and then do so.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jos52

      to protect the civilians on the base; and why do you all think it is a military person who they are looking for. Anyone can climb a fence.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Soldier's Mom

      Hmmm sounds like you may have been rejected by the military. Probably because you do not have a clue as to how it works! I feel sorry for you..

      September 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hilarious

    Two weeks of big news about WHY THE BIGEEST PRORK PIE... "people" of all time still need more pork-

    Triple it and all the soundbites will go away and then there is actual non created news again like abaout how
    they and thier associates have lost every war and they did that in order to have an assasination nation.....

    OF ENDLESS pork....

    September 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      Wow, nice incoherent blather dude.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lori're an idiot

    September 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    Its supposedly at the civil engineering building. Isnt civil engineering a matter of water and sewage? So the "gun" might have been just piping! Hyped story as usual.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudley041518

      Civil Engineering is all of the infrastructure that makes a settlement work. Water, Electricity, all support buildings, construction (like airfields and hospitals) and just about everything else. They are also the largest supplier of civilian jobs.

      Yes, sewers, too.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sue

    All the boneheads that cant make it in the AF because they arent smart enough have to whine that the AF isn't tough enough.

    Only thing is, you dont need muscle to fly a stealth mission. You just need brains.

    Respect the mission.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      So in effect, the alleged gun, may not have been limited to water piping, but possibly rebar as well. Someone panicked.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • AF Vet

      Thank you....It's mainly the ppl that couldn't make it to the AF or the ppl that wish they went into the AF instead of whatever branch they chose.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sergiol

    A weapon on a military base? Say it aint so!

    September 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gabriel Jaramillo

    Its a Military Base. I would certainly hope someone is walking around with a gun. But wait, Military Base, with thousands of soldiers armed, and they can't find one guy. What is this Military coming too. Lol!

    September 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alamo

      First off, it's just security police walking around with guns there. Second, there aren't "thousands" of "soliders" they're Airmen and maybe 50 are armed patrolling and securing the installation routinely. You have no idea how the military works.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Libertarian

    Hey Dudley- I'm a vet, ball bag. You're an misinformed retard.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudley041518

      Like I said, no one believes it. 29 years this year tells me that you are the one the invented GI showers for.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. me

    hey dudley,
    im a paratrooper and my pilots were all Army buddy! CH47 Chinook! Not all pilots are Airforce wizard!

    September 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudley041518

      You supporting Libertarian, me? No one says they are, but you should be supporting me against clowns like the Lib, if you're a real vet. I don't know of any real vets who trash any of the other brother services. If you or anyone does and claims to be a real dyed in the wool vet I say the services are stronger now that you're out.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alamo

      So you've never launched out of an AFB? Were transient? That's really hard to believe unless you were a paratrooper out of Call of Duty, enjoy your fantasy, keep believing. Trashing sister services is bad juju and we've all supported each other through and through. Talking smack about it in a public place just goes to show you really haven't experienced the camaraderie in the military.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Libertarian

    Something tells me you're into golden showers.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Libertarian


    September 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Libertarian

    @me Thank you, me. I have twelve years in the AF and I've seen more AF members on the fat boy program then in the "field".

    September 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudley041518

      Me, if this guy's thanking you, you ought to reconsider your position.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alamo

      Twelve years in the AF and you have nothing good to say? I guess you were part of the "fat boy program" got shaped out of the service. Too bad you couldn't keep up, doesn't mean you should drag the Air Force in the dirt because you couldn't keep up.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dudley041518

    Don't even know what GI showers are, huh? Go back to civics class.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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