Active shooter scenario triggers false alarm at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH  (WDTN) – Police from across the area have called to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Thursday.

Wright-Patterson released a statement just after 3:40 saying that the reported incident occurred during a normal installation exercise which included an active shooter scenario. An individual called 911 believing there was a real-world incident occurring on the base.

Security forces responded to the 911 call and began a sweep of the location and began to clear the entire hospital.

A security forces member discharged his firearm in an attempt to breech a door that was locked.

“Our base first responders are trained to quickly assess situations and take necessary action,” the statement said. “They responded with the level of professionalism and urgency required. 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.”

A press conference is expected to take place at 4:30 pm with Col. Tom Sherman, Wright-Patt’s Installation Commander.

Wright-Patterson has given the all-clear to employees, though they are telling people to stay away from the medical center.

In a tweet released at 3:37, Wright-Patt said that there was no real-world active shooter incident and everyone on base is remaining safe.

Traffic is slowly being allowed to pass through the area.

A Captain with the Dayton Police Department says he has been told there are no injuries reported as of now.

Several SWAT teams are on scene as of 2:37 pm.

Congressman Mike Turner talked with 2 NEWS briefly, saying that his “heart sank” when he heard of the situation. He says that the community has been showing a progressive response to the incident.

He released a statement saying, “Almost everyone in our community knows someone who works with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in some capacity. Wright-Patt has taken extraordinary measures to train for emergency situations. Our first responders were on the scene immediately to assist when they were called. There are still a lot of questions left unanswered right now, but I cannot express how thankful I am that no one was hurt today.”

A worker at the hospital says there was an active shooter drill this afternoon, which concluded minutes before the situation began.

At least one woman who has a child in daycare on the base says she cannot yet get to her daughter.

“You never think this is going to happen to you and then it does and you don’t know how to react,” she said.

Olen Kelley, whose wife works on the base, said he was on his way to the gym when a swarm of police cars raced past him toward Wright-Patt. After finally reaching his wife on the phone, she told him there was, in fact, an active shooter situation happening.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office says they have NOT been called to the base as of 2 pm.

Base officials tell 2 NEWS the base is on lockdown and employees have been told to shelter in place.

2 NEWS has confirmed from a law enforcement source that a man has barricaded himself on the fourth floor of the base hospital.

WPAFB posted on its Twitter page Thursday that emergency personnel responded to “a reported incident.”

The base was placed on lock-down at 12:40 pm. It is not known why the alert was sent to base personnel.

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