‘No real world active shooter incident’: Wright-Patterson Air Base blames 911 call for false alarm
“There was no real world active shooter incident on Wright-Patterson AFB and base personnel remain safe,” the facility said through its Twitter account, two hours after the incident made headlines in media worldwide.
Col. Tom Sherman, Wright-Patt Installation Commander, confirms there was no active shooter on base today. Thanks community for assistance. pic.twitter.com/EQNSlmnDkS— Wright-Patterson AFB (@WrightPattAFB) 2 August 2018
One firearm was discharged reportedly during the emergency operation, used to open a door inside the medical center, where the shooter was reported to be.
An explanation issued by Wright-Patterson suggested that a contemporaneous drill at the base may have prompted the false alarm.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has over 27,000 employees and sits a few miles east of Dayton, Ohio. The base was scheduled to hold quarterly base-wide exercises from July 30 to August 3.
In 1995, negotiations to end the Bosnian War were held at the base, resulting in the Dayton Agreement that ended the three-year conflict.