Arizona Air Force base lockdown lifted

FILE PHOTO In this photo taken on Thursday, May 14, 2015, the sun sets over C-130 cargo planes at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

UPDATE: 01/23/2017 2:39 pm TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials lifted a lockdown Monday at Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Arizona that was prompted by unconfirmed reports of gunshot sounds.

The base said on its Twitter account that all personnel were free to resume work after the nearly two-hour lockdown.

Officials had sent an email to personnel shortly after 10 a.m. MST with the word “LOCKDOWN” written three times in all-caps, followed by an alert of an “active shooter.”

They later said in a news release that reports of gunshot sounds were unconfirmed.

Two schools are also inside the base. Both said all students were safe and unaccounted for.

About 10,500 people work on the Tucson base.

The base is home to the 355th Fighter Wing, which provides training and deploys the A-10 jet.

UPDATE: 01/23/2017 12:04pm  TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Arizona was on lockdown Monday after unconfirmed reports of gunshot sounds.

Officials posted on the base Facebook page that people should seek shelter.

A charter school for grades 6 to 12 said on its Twitter account that it’s not allowing anyone to enter or leave the school.

Tucson police said they had not been asked to assist.

No further information was available.

The Tucson base is home to the 355th Fighter Wing, which provides training and deploys the A-10 jet.

About 6,500 active duty military and 1,000 Reserve and Air National Guard personnel work on the base, along with about 3,000 civilians.

Original Story:

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The Air Force says Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Arizona is on lockdown after unconfirmed reports of gunshot sounds.

The base has been on lockdown for about 30 minutes as on-site security investigates.

No further information was available.


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