Barricade situation ends at US Air Force base

Barricade situation ends at US Air Force base

A military official said earlier that a man with a gun was holed up in a building at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the outskirts of Tucson and that the base was locked down for several hours.

The base issued a statement saying that its response to the situation had ended, but provided no details on how it was resolved. A press conference on the incident was scheduled for later yesterday.

Sargent Maria Hawke, a Tucson police spokeswoman, said base officials told the police department that the department's SWAT, bomb and hostage negotiation squads no longer needed at the scene. Hawke didn't know how the situation was resolved or whether any arrests were made.

The lockdown at the sprawling facility was prompted by reports of someone with something that looked like a weapon, said Tech Sargent Russ Martin said. The reports prompted a frenzy of activity at the base and in the news media amid unsubstantiated reports that someone had been shot.

No one was shot or hurt, but the base took extra precaution by locking the facility down and keeping children inside its schools. Students were eventually released around 4:30 p m local time.

Davis-Monthan is near the Pima Air and Space Museum and the "boneyard" for old military and government airplanes that is a popular destination for aviation enthusiasts.

The base is the home of the 355th Fighter Wing, and provides attack airpower, combat support and medical forces, according to the base's Facebook page.

Security at military bases has gained more attention in the last two years since an Army major went on a rampage at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009. Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the shooting spree. Investigators have foiled other plots against military bases in other parts of the country since September 11, 2001.