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.

soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. mink

    Yes, "chair" Force. The chair is called AIR COMMAND. Almost thirty years in the force was someone very close to me. I'll forever be proud.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      What the HECK are you BABBLING about???!!! Bases don't get locked down on a whim, there is something serious going on and you are making stupid jokes??

      September 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mink

      Are you talking to me, Mike? Because I wasn't making any jokes. I was responding to the people here disrespectfully calling the AIR FORCE the "chair" force.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. L'il Joe

    Then by your own admission you are in the Army, right?

    September 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Have some respect folks

    I applaud and thank all who serve our country as I was never physically able to. All branches have their mission and the USA has the best military in the world. I understand inter-branch rivalries, but be assured when the chips are down they all come together to fight for our freedom. Thank You.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank Rizzo

    I know someone inside there...nothing even close to what happened has been reported yet.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junebug

      Do tell.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SGTJ

    Calm down. Calm down

    September 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Senfu

    Nice to know that you’re happy that good men die so you can be a jerk.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SGTJ

    Hey guys, put em away and zip up your pants. We're all on the same team. I hope this scare turns out to be a false alarm and everyone on the base is safe. As for the people calling each other names such as bullet catchers and idiots just because someone accused you of sitting in a chair, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Grow up people, we all joined the service for different reasons and I have some very brave friends that are in the AF. I joined the Army because it was a family tradition, same as why some people join the Marines. In the end, we're all on the same team.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Senfu


      September 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    You obviously know nothing! As a rule, the military services DO NOT ACCEPT high school dropouts! And with the force size being reduced, that rule will not be waived.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. huxley

    A person with a weapon on a military base? Who'd have thought it possible.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      It is possible, but very difficult and you can ruin your career/do jail time if you are caught with one when you aren't suppose to have one. So unless you are an on duty guard, security or military or doing unit training at the range, you don't get to have a weapon. And in those situations, they are tracked every step of the way. It would take blatant laziness or negligence for this to happen. It does happen though, just very, very rarely. Even privately owned weapons are suppose to be kept in the armory. Even just having a weapon in your possession is going to get you in big trouble. Unlike civilian police, when you are on a military installation, you are subject to the random search of your vehicle, persons and housing area. My 10 years in I saw this happen quite often.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. me

    At dudley...ur a moron! @ alamo...was not trash talking fool. read the post i was responding to. just stating that Air Force isnt the only branch with pilots! Read's amazing what you can learn!

    September 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. t petrock

    what are they saying???... They saw Big-Foot with an A.K. 47 trying to high jack a stealth bomber. Lmao

    September 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Grahame

    you obviously don't know anything about the military, you can not get in as a highschool dropout. The men and women that die for our country are well educated proud americans

    September 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Banuat

    Let's get real here, for those who haved served there country and those still serving we need to respect one another and not brow beat one Serves, over the other. Let's have Respect and Dignity.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AF Chick

    Interesting how you say the military is a bunch of highschool drop outs, who can't get do anything better. Bet you are too much of a wimp to even walk into the recruiters office to find out that you need to get a diploma to get into the military. Yes, Army and Marines do take a GED, but these days not so much. So a bunch of highschool drop outs? Not so much.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Wrong....the Corps does not take someone with just a GED. The Army does take a very low percent of GED folks....very low percent.

      September 18, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Senfu

    I live in Tucson and have a friend in lockdown on DM, and now her cell went dead. She said they were hearing that there was an "Active Shooter" and maybe a hostage b/c he was moving around the base.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom

      Thanks for sharing what you have heard....please continue because I'm here on the other side of the country and still can't communicate with my son or his girlfriend on base.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
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