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UPDATES: Lockdown at Luke Air Force Base in AZ

Five F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 58th Tactical Training Wing fly over Luke Air Force Base in wedge formation. (Tech Sgt. Bob Simons/U.S. Air Force)
May 23, 2019

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona was on lockdown today.

UPDATE – 12:05 p.m. local time – The lockdown has been lifted, according to a statement. “The 56th Security Forces Squadron responded in coordination with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office when a suspect being pursued by MCSO jumped the Luke AFB perimeter fence,” the statement noted.

“The suspect has been apprehended and is in MCSO custody. No personnel were injured and there was no damage,” the statement added.


“Luke Air Force Base is currently responding to a security incident and the base is on lockdown as law enforcement responds,” according to a statement posted their Facebook page.

“The safety of our Airmen is paramount and remains our top priority. Please steer clear of the base until further notice,” the statement continued. “More information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Users on the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page indicated that a shooting took place off base and the armed suspect fled onto the base.