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Lockdown ends at D.C. army base after suspect is detained

Arnold Gate of the Anacostia-Bolling joint army base in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Alex Brandon | AP

A lockdown at a U.S. army base in Washington, D.C., was lifted Friday after authorities detained a probably armed particular person who had entered the campus.

The all-clear announcement got here at 2:50 p.m., greater than two hours after Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling alerted those who the person, initially described as a Black man with a medium-build carrying a Gucci bag, was on base.

The suspect had been detained by safety forces on the base and could be transferred to the Metropolitan Police Division, whose officers had been on the scene, a spokesman for the bottom advised CNBC. The spokesman declined to say if the individual surrendered willingly or if he was armed on the time he was detained.

Earlier, a spokeswoman for the MPD advised CNBC that the division had obtained a cellphone name at 12:04 p.m. concerning the sound of gunshots being heard at a location east of the bottom.

No victims had been been recognized, the spokeswoman mentioned.

MPD mentioned they might solely confirm the individual was male.

A social media account for the bottom at 12:37 p.m. first introduced the potential risk.

“LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN,” mentioned a submit on the bottom’s Fb web page.

“When you encounter the person and have a protected route, RUN. When you do not need a protected path to run, HIDE. Barricade your door, flip off the lights and your cellular phone ringer, and stay silent. In case you are hiding, put together to FIGHT,” the submit mentioned.

An replace later described the person as a Black man with a medium construct and “dreads which might be mid-back in size.” The individual was carrying blue or inexperienced pants and a white tank prime, and he could have been carrying a bag, in accordance with that Fb submit.

That replace, which got here greater than an hour after the lockdown order was posted, suggested folks to “proceed to shelter in place.”

About 15 minutes beforehand, the Fb web page had alerted folks to be looking out for 2 people: one a Black male with medium construct “with dreads” and “carrying ripped blue denims,” and the opposite a Black man carrying inexperienced pants and a white prime who “could also be injured.”

That was revised to only one individual in subsequent posts.

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