Air Force Investigates Gun After Standoff on Colo. Base

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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) -- The Air Force is investigating how an airman managed to get his own handgun onto a sensitive air base in Colorado where he barricaded himself in a building for 10 hours before surrendering.

The gunman was taken into custody at Schriever Air Force Base at about 8 p.m. on Monday. No injuries were reported.

The base about 60 miles south of Denver controls more than 60 military satellites, including those used for GPS. The Air Force says satellite operations weren't disrupted.

The gunman was in a building where personnel prepare for deployment. The satellite control rooms are in a separate, heavily guarded area.

The gunman hasn't been identified. The Air Force says he is facing a discharge over a matter in civilian court, but no details have been released.

 

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