Agitated airman leads to base hospital lockdown

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — One person is in custody after an agitated airman with a loaded 9 mm pistol in his waistband prompted the lockdown Friday of the base hospital at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

Base authorities said there were no injuries or shots fired. KTUU reports the man did not draw his weapon.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports emergency responders were notified of a “suspicious person with a firearm” shortly after noon Friday. Anchorage police responded in force.

Base operations returned to normal.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the medical group and security forces personnel who quickly reacted to the situation,” said Col. Brian R. Bruckbauer, the base and 673d Air Base Wing commander. “It allowed emergency responders both on and off the installation to apprehend the individual without harm to any personnel.”

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