Lockdown lifted at Little Rock Air Force Base
JACKSONVILLE (KATV) —
UPDATE (4:41 p.m.):
News release from 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs:
"The base-wide lockdown has been lifted as of 4:10 p.m., and normal base operations have resumed. The lockdown was enacted at approximately 11:45 a.m. in the interest of protecting all base members and resources from a reported suspicious individual.
"We responded with the necessary caution to secure our Airmen, their families and Air Force resources" Col. Patrick Rhatigan, 19th Airlift Wing commander, said. "After a thorough search of the base, we the found the report no longer credible. I am pleased with the response of our Security Forces and appreciate the support of the Jacksonville Police Department and other federal law enforcement officials. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused, but security and safety is our top priority."UPDATE (4:11 p.m.):
The lockdown at Little Rock Air Force Base has been lifted.
UPDATE (2:30 p.m.):
LRAFB confirms they are letting cars out of the base, not letting anyone in. Still on lockdown.UPDATE (1:40 p.m.):
LRAFB is still on lockdown. Security personnel are sweeping the base and searching vehicles.UPDATE (12:35 p.m.):??
Spokeswoman for LRAFB says there is a suspicious person, but it is not an active shooter situation. "Our highly trained emergency personnel are responding and we are on lockdown for the safety of our Airmen and their families. That is all we know at this time."
LRAFB was holding a drill this morning testing emergency response procedures. The lockdown right now is NOT A DRILL.
ORIGINAL POST (12:13 p.m.):
The Little Rock Air Force Base is on lockdown as of 11:45 a.m. this morning in the interest of protecting all base members and resources from a suspicious individual.
Emergency personnel are responding to the scene. For safety purposes, base gates are closed at this time.
Channel 7 News will update as we have more information.