Fort Carson Security Detains 'Suspicious' Person

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 10:52 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Fort Carson security detained an individual who was reportedly behaving on the Colorado base in a "suspicious and threatening" manner on Wednesday.

The individual's name and whether or not he or she was in the military was not released by base authorities. No one was injured in the incident and no weapons were found on the person, The Associated Press reported.

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"This afternoon, an individual displayed suspicious and threatening behavior during a medical appointment at Fort Carson," the military installment posted on its Facebook page late Wednesday.

"After statements were made that suggested the individual may be in possession of a weapon, the building supervisor took prudent measures to evacuate and report the incident to authorities," the statement continued. "The individual was later detained without incident."

Immediately after the individual was detained by base police, which was reportedly between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. local time, the building where the incident occurred was reportedly evacuated.

Fort Carson is a United States Army installation located near Colorado Springs. It is home to the 4th Infantry Division, 10th Special Forces Group, and 440th Civil Affairs Battalion among other military units. Nearly 14,000 military personnel and their family live on the 137,000-acre base.

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The quick action on the part of Fort Carson officials to take control of the situation comes just weeks after 34-year-old Army Specialist Ivan Lopez, an Iraq War veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, went on a shooting rampage at Texas' Ford Hood, killing three of his fellow soldiers and wounding 16 more with his .45-caliber handgun.

Fort Hood was also the site of another murderous rampage in November 2009, when U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan fatally shot 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. Hasan, an Islamic extremist who said he acted to protect Muslim insurgents abroad from American aggression, was convicted on all 13 counts of premeditated murder in August 2013.

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