Navy apologizes for accidentally setting off active shooter alert, scaring locals and personnel

Air Force personnel train for an active shooter situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

The US Navy is apologizing after an active shooter alarm was inadvertently sounded at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state.

On Wednesday morning, the alarm went off, sending employees, locals, and police scrambling into action.

“The sound flooded our office,” said Maureen Jann, co-owner of Spark Commons on Fourth Street. She learned from a passerby it warned of a shooter, and she immediately locked the co-working space’s front doors. “It was really scary.”

According to the Kitsap Sun, police quickly turned around once it was revealed that the alarm was an error caused by crews working on the public address system.

In response to the mishap, Naval Base Kitsap Commanding Officer Capt. Alan Schrader recorded a video and published it on Facebook Wednesday morning.

Schrader explained that the message was announced on the “giant voice” system in error and he was sorry for any stress it caused.

“I apologize for the inconvenience,” he said. “Thank you for your understanding.”

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