Report of injured jogger triggers false active shooter response at Wright-Patt

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) – Colonel Thomas Sherman says it was a painful incident when it happened and this is a painful report detailing how they let it happen. But the base commander says this was absolutely necessary to figure out how an injured jogger led a major military installation to go on lockdown, dozens of armed officers to storm a hospital, and to actual shots being fired. 

Colonel Sherman says, “This is a continual improvement process is exactly what is taking place here.” 

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He says 3 events converged to create chaos on August 2nd: First: a base wide active shooter exercise started at roughly noon. Second, and at the same time: a standalone mass casualty exercise was held at the Wright-Patt medical facility. This exercise was not on the master list of events. 

Colonel Sherman says, “We had role players that were dressed to participate in the mass casualty exercise that were than entering at the exact same time a real-world individual was arriving.” 

Third: a 911 call about a real-world jogger who suffered an injury. Colonel Sherman says, “When the situation was presenting itself, the individuals that were in that circumstance, with a variety of different stimuli, believed at that moment that they were in fact in danger.” 

A member of the responding security force shot through a locked door as heard on one 911 call. Roughly 50 responders were outside and heard those shots. The incident commander learned they did not come from an active shooter, but he still couldn’t stop those 50 from breaking down the door and storming the hospital. 

Colonel Sherman says, “As inputs over the radios continue to unfold in this scenario, these individuals that were there felt that they were still a bona fide thread inside the treatment facility and then access the facility.” 

A sweep of the hospital was conducted, and the all clear was eventually given. 

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