Soldier Arrested After Active Shooter Incident At Fort Campbell

Posted at 12:33 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 19:48:27-04

A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division has been arrested after an active shooter incident occurred at Fort Campbell. No injuries were reported.  

Authorities confirmed the incident happened Thursday afternoon. The post was placed on lockdown; however, the situation ended and the post was made secure.

Base officials said the shooter entered Hangar 8 on the airfield at around 11:30 a.m. and fired two shots.

Law enforcement was notified and immediately responded. Police chased the soldier after they fled the hangar in his personal vehicle.

During the chase, the soldier hit another vehicle, but then tried to get away on foot once the soldier got to his on-base residence.

That's when police took the soldier into custody. They also found additional weapons and ammunition.

A motive for the shooting was unknown, but the investigation was on-going. The solider remained in the custody of the Army Criminal Investigative Division on post.

No one was injured during the incident, which lasted about 30 minutes.

"We consistently train for a myriad of situations and contingencies. This type training also extends to our civilian workforce so that they will also be ready to respond at any given time," said Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, 101st Airborne Division acting senior commander.

"Today, that was tangibly demonstrated by our law enforcement officials, and workers within the incident scene," Brower said. "The potential for tragedy was there, but due to the rapid response and readiness of everyone involved, a tragedy was successfully averted."

The gates were temporarily closed, but have since been reopened.