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. earp

    U don't deserve the freedom that has been provided for you by our brave men and women of the armed forces.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ShovelingSnw

    Why do you people think youre talking (and arguing with) americans? The internet is international and has become a playground for anti us propagandists.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DSmith

    How does one join the arny?

    September 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mom armed man barricaded in "old dorm" armed and no hostages....

    September 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cogito

    Do you actually have the "L" tattooed on your forehead yet, or are you still saving up for it?
    You are a disgrace.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anon

    Way to overreact. Just about everyone in Tucson has a gun, we can even carry them concealed without a permit.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. earp

    Well whoever they are their a coward

    September 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Senfu

    It was just reported that they do have a man with a gun (maybe a M16) on the second floor of a building. SWAT is there and now it’s just a waiting game.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KEQ

    You are obviously a high school drop out by the way you write and spell. Why don't you grab a clue before you try constructing sentences that actually make sense! I'm an Officer in the Marine Corps, and I would rather work with a group of Marines over any other "educated" group of people (e.g., doctors, lawyers, professors, etc). Why? Because the only reason you can "freely" write such banter is due solely to the sacrifices of our service members. So, as they say, take a knee, and punch yourself in the face! Oh - and if I were one of your kids - I would be ashamed that I had such a “spineless” father figure.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SMORES

      =) SEMPER FI Devil Dog.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluesolo5

      I enlisted in navy at 18. Earned a bach degree by 25, went ocs, pilot trng at pensacola, earned wings...have over 3000 flght hrs- many in combat and made it to the blues. The military is the reason I could excell. Join and the limit is ur choosing.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • dnchrist

      Semper Fi!

      September 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Senfu

    Hoorah! KEQ

    September 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. xnysmokie

    its more amazing to me that after4 -5 hours they cant tell anyone what happened or what is going on.. smells like a coverup to me... normally we know what happens in 20 minutes or so

    September 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. j

    gasp a man with a weapon at a millitary instalation! Naw but foreal after the ft.hood thing you gotta take precautions.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. us1776

    This is the CIA. We approve this scary message.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Call Sign Sarin

    To be honest we don't take a bullet for you or your family. You're just a parasite that leaches the life out of society.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. K Ols

    You are very uninformed if you think the Army is full of high school drop outs. My son joined the Army for the scholarship but ended up at West Point where he earned his bachelor's degree, graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS and earned his master's degree from St. Louis University.
    For your information it is hard to make the rank of Lt. Col. without a master's degree.
    Wise up before you spout off about the services having only high school drop outs.
    Most people are proud of our military but evidently all you can do is spread false information.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEM

      The US military is now the meritocracy that it claims to be.
      Should the US ever again employ a draft, the golden age of the US military will end
      and it will once again become a gang of losers.

      Keep the US military an all volunteer force.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJM

      Most individuals in the military continue on with their education. Education is very important for anyone to get promoted However, after 9-11 and for a period of about one year, the US Army did lower his standards to enter the army. The other services did not. The standards were changed after about 9000 people enlisted. There were people that should never have been allowed in. Now the Army is trying very hard to get them out. It will be a very slow process. The military is a great career if you want to succeed.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhuckingPilotAlready

      I can confirm this. Perfect ASVAB, 4 years top college, already a phucking helicopter pilot. Army said no. Actually they just ignored me and wasted months of my time. Pretty obnoxious. Whatever, I'll make more in the private sector. Your loss. Military Intelligence indeed.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mag

      To my fellow service members who are on this board comparing and degrading all other branches of the military other than their own. Get off your high horse and support one another. I think that the true quiet professionals appreciate all of our fellow military members and the vital roles that they all play in our day to day operations, wether it me state side or in the box. Remember we all shed the same color blood. Some of you one this board make me sick! Stop drinking your protein shakes and hitting the gym to max out your PT score and pick up a book instead.

      September 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      K OIs,

      I served in the military. The military, like most organizations, is comprised of a cross-section of society; there are some bright bulbs, some nitwits, and many people in-between.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      KM, just another ignorant (by choice) little boy (girl). My father served more than 25 years in the USN. We are all extremely proud of his service. He was 17 years old when he VOLUNTEERED to follow in the footsteps of his father and siblings (2 brothers, 2 sisters) who all served during WWII and the men went on to make a career in the military. My dad was one of the smartest, honest, moral and honorable men I ever knew, you couldn't come up even close to his level. He was a Mustang officer, promoted from within the ranks AFTER the war, no wartime promotion, but one where he was Captain felt he deserved the challenge and rank. I'd like you to go aboard any ship and be able to figure, configure, understand or operate any of the critical couldn't do it, FACT. You don't just pull up anchor and point the bow...I pity you and your inferiority complex.

      September 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
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