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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Review Board To Evaluate Active Shooter Incident, Response

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Jess Mador
Officials from the 88th Air Base Wing say an official review board will examine all aspects of the August 2 false alarm incident.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is launching a formal Incident Review Board to evaluate this month’s false alarm active-shooter incident

Unsubstantiated reports of a shooter at the Wright-Patt medical center Aug. 2 triggered a lockdown of base facilities and an emergency response from multiple city, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Officials from the 88th Air Base Wing say the official review board will examine all aspects of the false alarm incident.

This will include reviewing the emergency response prompted by an initial 911 call just after 12:30 Aug. 2. Other 911 calls were also made to surrounding police departments, including the Fairborn Police.

At the time, active-shooter training drills were underway on base.

At least three police departments say they were not aware of the scheduled trainings.

During the several-hour lockdown, officials say a member of Wright-Patt’s security team discharged a weapon to open a locked hospital door.

Base officials say the review board will not investigate the weapon discharge. That part of the investigation is being handled by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Congressman Mike Turner is expected to attend a meeting with off-base first responders at Wright-Patt Wednesday morning. Turner had requested a briefing in the days following the active shooter false alarm.

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.