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Armed Air Force man barricades self at Colorado's Schriever base

November 21, 2011 | 12:55 pm

An armed member of the military has barricaded himself inside a building on Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, and local security forces are responding, a base spokeswoman said Monday.

The individual, whose name was not available, is a member of the base’s 50th Security Forces Squadron. He is inside the deployment processing building on the base, officials said.

The man is armed with a handgun, and the building has been evacuated except for responding law enforcement, Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke of the base’s public affairs office said in a telephone interview

“Our first-responders are trained to handle situations such as this, and we are working with our community partners to resolve this situation as quickly and safely as possible,” Col. James P. Ross, 50th Space Wing commander, said in a post on the base’s website.

“The security of Schriever personnel and their families is paramount. We are taking every precaution to ensure their safety,” Ross stated.

No injuries have been reported, and no hostages are believed to have been taken, Clarke said. The incident began around 10 a.m. local time.

Schriever is near Colorado Springs in El Paso County.

It is home to Air Force Space Command's 50th Space Wing, which provides command and control for various U.S. navigational, and communications satellites.


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