Cruiser camera footage from area agencies responding to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Thursday afternoon after receiving a report of an active shooter at the base medical center has been released.
The video shows a Fairborn officer responding onto the base and telling a base security guard that SWAT was behind him. The video continues to show a traffic backup on the base as the gates to the base were locked down.
Local, state and federal authorities responded to assist base security personnel in responding to the incident, which was reported around 12:40 p.m.
In response to the call, Wright-Patterson security forces began a systematic sweep and clear of the entire hospital facility, Col. Tom Sherman, installation commander at Wright-Patt said. Speakers on the base were asking people to stay where they were at and people were reportedly being escorted out of the hospital with their hands up.
As officers approach the hospital in the cruiser camera footage, you see several officers walking toward the hospital.
Security personnel “discharged their firearm” in an attempt to breach a locked door at the medical center. That use of a firearm, Sherman said, is now under investigation.
Though the incident began around 12:40 p.m., base officials did not announce that there was no “real world” active shooter until shortly after 3:30 p.m. In those nearly three hours, all base gates were temporarily sealed and state and local law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had all responded.
Despite the chaos that ensued, no one was injured during the incident.
At the same time reports of a shooter started to emerge, a scheduled quarterly training session — that included an active shooter scenario in the — was taking place in Kittyhawk area of the base, nearly half a mile away from the medical center. The exercise was conducted with fake guns that made no sound of gunfire, said base spokesman Daryl Mayer.
“We don’t have any reason to believe the 911 caller was influenced by any exercise activity,” Mayer said.
Wright-Patt employs more than 27,000 people making it the largest single-site employer in Ohio with an estimated $4.2-billion economic impact annually.
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