Wright-Patt briefing with first responders after active shooter false alarm

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Still a lot of unanswered questions after Wright-Patterson Air Force base went on lock-down over an active shooter false alarm.

Top brass from the base met with Congressman Mike Turner and first responders to discuss what can be learned from the August 2nd incident.

Officials today declined to go into any specifics, citing the ongoing investigation, but Turner said the panic was triggered by an active shooter training drill that someone thought was real.

“There was a full belief that it was a real world incident happening at the base,” Turner said.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer added: “We couldn’t come up with a more difficult scenario if we tried to.”

Still under investigation: why not everyone at the base knew there was a drill; what happened in the time it took first responders to figure out there wasn’t a shooter; why someone fired a gun during the incident; and what can be done to prevent something like this from happening again.

The false alarm is being investigated by a incident review board at the base. For that reason, Turner did not want to go into details.

“You know obviously we’re not discussing it and the base is not discussing all those details as the professional assessment moves forward,” he said.

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said the incident should be looked at as a positive.

“We tell people all the time, if you see something, say something. And this is a perfect example of – somebody did not understand what was going on, they saw something and they reported it. For that, they should be commended,” Fischer said.

“This was not necessarily a bad event. This was something we can all learn from. And it’s good for the whole Miami Valley.”

Committees will now be formed to go line-by-line over what happened, what went well, and what needs to be improved. 

Plummer pointed to base logistics and communication as two items that will be reviewed.

“Just getting onto the base – that was a whole new experience for us,” Plummer said. “You know, how many first responders they let in and then we have a jam at the gate when eliminate or stop others from coming in.

“How do we get out – say we have injured people that need to get out. This was the worst place you can have an event like this. And top it off, it was in a hospital.”

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