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Air Force Academy investigating what caused active shooter alert

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The US Air Force Academy under a shelter in place order due to an active shooter alert on Sept. 29, 2017. (KOAA) The US Air Force Academy under a shelter in place order due to an active shooter alert on Sept. 29, 2017. (KOAA)

An investigation into what caused an active shooter alert on the Air Force Academy is underway Saturday morning.

Local law enforcement and security forces found no evidence of shots fired, victims or suspects during its search and response to the alert. No one was hurt during the response.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed a sweep of the buildings found no evidence of shots fired around 12:25 a.m. Saturday.

The Academy issued an all clear almost an hour later.


The alert prompted a significant response from multiple law enforcement agencies, which started sweeping the grounds shortly after the Academy issued a shelter in place and closed all gates around 10:30 p.m. Friday night.

Only additional law enforcement and medical units were allowed on property.

The official Twitter account of the Air Force Academy stated, "We received reports of active shooter on Academy grounds. There are no confirmation of shots fired. Security forces are sweeping the area."

An Air Force spokesman did come to the gates to speak with the media during the incident. He advised everyone to stay away from the facility. The Academy also sent out a tweet telling people to stop calling to check on the situation as they were busy conducting a search.

As the entry gates were closed, there was a long line of cars outside as people were stopped and turned back by security forces. A steady stream of local law enforcement officers were brought in by the Academy to help with the search.

The El Paso County SWAT team was brought in, and the CSPD SWAT team was on standby.

Air Force Academy spokesman Lt. Colonel Allen Heritage made a brief statement at 1:20 a.m. "The active shooter incident at the Air Force Academy has concluded with no shots fired and no injuries. Academy officials will continue to investigate the situation to determine the source of those allegations. But for now, everyone is safe and the Academy is all clear."

All entrances to the Academy reopened around 1 a.m.

There is no word on where all the reports of gunfire and suspects on campus originated, and the Air Force Academy is now investigating what caused the alert.

When Lt. Colonel Heritage was asked about social media possibly being the source of the problem, he stated he had not seen any feeds with threats. But Heritage also stated the information received by authorities "was serious enough to conduct an active shooter incident response." 

A woman who works on base told News5 she first thought this was just an exercise. An employee confirmed the first call for a shooter happened near the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School.

Earlier this week, there was an incident at the Preparatory School that involved racist messages left on cadet candidates' message boards outside their dorms. The Lt. General Jay Silveria addressed cadets with a strong speech of zero tolerance for that kind of activity.

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The Preparatory School is made up of academy applicants who didn't receive an appointment, but are allowed to undergo a 10-month program to get them ready for possible transition into the Air Force Academy.  Even upon completion of the program, members of the Preparatory School are not guaranteed an appointment to the Academy.

The Air Force Academy Preparatory School is on the grounds of the Academy, away from the main cadet area.

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