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LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (July 23, 2014) - According to officials, Little Rock Air Force Base has been placed on lockdown. An email from the base came into the THV11 newsroom at noon on Wednesday.
The base is on lockdown as of 11:45 a.m. this morning in the interest of protecting all base members and resources from a suspicious individual.
Emergency personnel are responding to the scene. For safety purposes, base gates are closed at this time. Further details will be provided as they become available.
Officials with LRAFB tells THV11 that despite reports to the contrary, there is not an active shooter on base. There is a suspicious individual. A Facebook post on the base's page reads, "Emergency personnel are responding to the scene. For safety purposes, base gates are closed at this time. Further details will be provided as they become available."
According to Military One Resource, more than 5,000 individuals are on active duty at LRAFB, which is located in the Jacksonville area.
Entrance to Little Rock Air Force Base has been limited because the base is on lockdown in response to a "suspicious" person. No other details out so far.
The base had done emergency response drills earlier in the day, but the lockdown shortly before noon was the real thing.
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After reports of military aircraft being seen at Clinton National Airport, THV11 reached out to spokesman Shane Carter to see if this was related to the lockdown. He said the airport has three C130s at the airport at this time, and they're expecting three more.
Carter said the pilots don't often tell the tower why they are landing, but he said it is unusual for military planes to stay and hold, which is what they are doing at this time.