Ohio Air Force base lockdown was caused by ‘misunderstanding’


AYTON, OH (WCMH/AP) — Federal and state authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed onto a sprawling Air Force base in Ohio on Thursday amid mistaken reports of an active shooter at a medical center.

Workers at the base were told to shelter in place on the sprawling base.

The base was placed on lock-down around 12:40 pm after a reported incident in building 830, the Wright-Patt Hospital. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter it was among several agencies responding to the active shooter reports.

According to information released by the base at 3:40pm, an investigation into the incident revealed there was no actual active shooter incident. It all happened during a normal, scheduled base exercise which included an active shooter scenario.

Someone called 911 believing there was a real-world incident at the base hospital. During the search of the hospital, a member of the security forces fired his gun to open a locked door.

Local police were directing traffic away from the base, which is Ohio’s largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police also had officers at the base.

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