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Air Force says there was no active-shooter incident at Wright-Patterson

People with their hands up come out amid reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

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By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 2, 2018

Personnel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base had been directed to shelter in place as emergency officials responded to reports of an active shooter on the Ohio installation.

Federal and state authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed onto the base and Wright-Patterson officials said Thursday afternoon that an investigation had been launched, calling it a developing situation.

Two hours later, the Air Force tweeted that there was no real world active shooter incident and all base personnel are safe.

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In a statement, Wright-Patterson officials said the incident occurred during a scheduled installation exercise, which included an active shooter scenario.

An unknown individual called 911 believing that there was a real incident within the base hospital, the statement explains, and security forces were sent in response. They began a systematic sweep of the medical center and cleared the entire facility. In an attempt to breach a locked door, a security forces member discharged his firearm to open the door and continue sweeping the building.

"The scene has been declared safe and all personnel have been advised to avoid the base hospital area for the time being," the Wright-Patterson statement said.

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Security forces and fire department personnel had responded to the report of a shooter at about 12:40 p.m. at the base’s hospital, Air Force officials said.

“Our first priority in any emergency incident is to protect the men and women at [Wright-Patterson],” the statement said. “Our base security forces defenders and fire department personnel are trained to quickly assess situations and take necessary action.”

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The Dayton Daily News reported that Wright-Patterson had been holding basewide quarterly exercises from July 30 to Aug. 3.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that the Columbus Field Division was also responding.

"We appreciate the outstanding response and support of our local and state law enforcement agencies from across the Miami Valley that responded to the scene to assist," the Wright-Patterson statement said.

Wright-Patterson is near Dayton and has about 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel.

Stripes reporter Lauren King contributed to this story.

dickstein.corey@stripes.com
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In this frame from video from WKEF, authorities work at the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio amid reports of an active shooter at the base Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.
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