There were reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at the base hospital, according to an alert sent to base personnel. Or was there?
Reports at first noted that someone was barricaded inside the hospital, according to emergency dispatch traffic.
“Emergency responders are enroute. All WPAFB Gates are Closed. All personnel take cover. Limit all communication to emergency use only,” according to the alert.
“At approximately 12:40 p.m. today our base emergency responders which included security forces and fire department personnel reported to an incident in building 830, which is the Wright-Patterson hospital. No additional details are available at this time and info will be released as it becomes available,” said Marie Vanover, director of public affairs at Wright Patt.
The base was scheduled to hold quarterly basewide exercises from July 30 to Aug. 3, however it’s unclear what role that could be playing in this afternoon’s incident.
By the day's end, statements were being released that this event was all only a misunderstanding, a locked door, and a firearm used to attempt to break down a door. No shooter. No hostages. Another training exercise that became the problem.