Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Lockdown at Tucson air base ends

The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson was locked down amid unconfirmed reports of gunfire (AP)

The commander of an Air Force base in southern Arizona has said no gunman or weapons were found in response to unconfirmed reports of a gunman.

Colonel John Cherrie, commander of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the outskirts of Tucson, said officials were satisfied that the base was safe again after an extensive search at the base.

Col Cherrie held a two-minute news conference to discuss the five-hour lockdown of the base on Friday.

A military official had earlier said that a man with a gun was hiding in a building at the base.

The lockdown at the sprawling facility was prompted by reports of someone with something that looked like a weapon.

The reports prompted a frenzy of activity at the base and in the news media amid unsubstantiated reports that someone had been shot.

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