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15 Jan 2020 | 11:58 AM UTC

US: McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base (Tennessee state) under lockdown amid unconfirmed reports of person with a rifle January 15

Police respond to unconfirmed reports of a person with a rifle at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base (Tennessee state) January 15; base under lockdown, no reports of shooting

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Event

Police responded to unconfirmed reports of a person with a rifle at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base in Blount county (Tennessee state) at approximately 12:15 (local time) on Wednesday, January 15, prompting the base to go into lockdown. Police investigations are ongoing as of 12:45 on Wednesday; there have been no reports of shots fired. The situation is developing.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the coming hours.  

Advice

Individuals in the area are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the vicinity of the base, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.