Airman arrested in Luke AFB shooting

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Investigators are trying to piece together the events leading up to a late-night shooting involving an active-duty airman at Luke Air Force Base.

Gunfire was reported on a residential area of the base at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. It happened in the neighborhood of Glendale Avenue and Kachina, which is between Litchfield and Dysart roads on the east side of the base.

According to a news release from the 56th Fighter Wing's Office of Public Affairs, local officers arrested an active-duty airman assigned to Luke in connection with the shooting. The suspect, whose name has not been released, is in custody on the base.

“We’re committed to ensuring the safety of our men and women at Luke,” said Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander in that news release. “Fortunately, our close partnership with off-base law enforcement agencies helped resolve this situation quickly.”

The details of what led up to the disturbance and subsequent shooting were not immediately available, and there was no word on whether anyone was wounded in the course of the incident.

The Luke Air Force Office of Special Investigations it now looking into the shooting.

Luke AFB, the largest F-16 training base in the world, is located about 15 miles west of Phoenix and seven miles west of Glendale's central business district.