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Luke AFB locked down after gun report, but no threat found

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PHOENIX — Luke Air Force Base was placed on lockdown following a report of an individual with a gun at a medical facility on base, authorities said Friday.

An investigation into the report turned up no gun or person at the 56th Medical Group facility, public affairs officer James Stewart told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

An active shooter exercise with multiple units was being conducted when the base was put on lockdown, Stewart added.

“It would appear after after an initial investigation, no actual threat was present and no weapon was found,” Stewart said.

Base security forces, along with the Glendale Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the incident.

Investigators determined that somebody inside the facility said something that was misinterpreted by several other people, the base said in a press release.

“We were fortunate this turned out to be a false alarm, however I think we will all sleep better knowing the teams tasked to protect our airmen, civilians and families are comprised of highly capable and vigilant professionals,” Brig. Gen. Gregory Kreuder, 56th Fighter Wing commander, said in the release.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Martha Maurer contributed to this report.

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