No active shooter incident at Malmstrom, was exercise scenario mistaken for real world situation

There was no active shooter incident at Malmstrom Air Force Base this morning.

The base was conducting a readiness exercise and a scenario in the exercise was mistaken for a real-world active shooter event, according to Malmstrom public affairs.

The base implemented precautionary security measures, including a lockdown, until the mistake was verified, according to public affairs.

The Great Falls Public Schools district also put schools on shelter in place for about 20 minutes as a precaution.

Here’s more information about GFPS safety protocols: https://gfps.k12.mt.us/student-safety/

The lockdowns have all been lifted and the base exercise ended around 11 a.m.

“After today’s inadvertent incident I am confident that if these sorts of events happened in actuality, we have the right procedures in place to respond quickly to save lives and restore order. We are grateful for the local community and our law enforcement partners who are always ready to support if needed,”  341st Missile Wing Commander Col. Jennifer Reeves said in a release.