MacDill AFB put on lockdown after report of armed suspect

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - UPDATE- 6:27 a.m.- MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, was briefly put on lockdown after a report of an armed suspect outside the base. Base spokesman Lt. Brandon Hanner says officials Friday morning are assisting local law enforcement in searching for the suspect.

All MacDill gates to the base have been reopened except for the one closest to the location where the suspect was seen. News outlets report traffic was at a standstill on numerous roads around the base, which is near downtown Tampa. MacDill is the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command.

6:14 a.m.- The lockdown has been lifted at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida after report of armed suspect outside the base.

ORIGINAL: MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, Florida, is on lockdown but officials haven't said why.

Adam Shanks of the base's public affairs office told The Associated Press he didn't have any other information Friday morning. News outlets are reporting that traffic is at a standstill on numerous roads around the base, which is near downtown Tampa. MacDill is the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command.