Lockheed Martin closed after shooting, ‘suspicious device’ found – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The main gate outside Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in White Settlement is locked Thursday morning after a man fatally shot himself after apparently trying to gain access to the facility, police say.

According to the White Settlement Police Department, a man arrived at the facility’s front gate near Clifford Street and 341 Spur/Lockheed Boulevard shortly after 5:30 a.m.

At some point during the man’s interaction with security, police said he made “concerning statements” before pulling out a shotgun and fatally shooting himself.

No other people were injured during the shooting, police said.

White Settlement Police Department

Police investigate an apparent suicide outside a Lockheed Martin gate in Fort Worth on May 19, 2022.

White Settlement Police Chief Christopher Cook said his department was knocked on the door and worked with several other agencies to respond to the incident.

“Anytime there’s a shooting going on at a defense contractor or around the Naval Air Station, we’re going to have an emergency response, which is what happened this morning,” Cook said.

Cook said the man made nonspecific statements about the security of Lockheed Martin while searching for a federal law enforcement agency that may be located on the grounds or at the nearby NASJRB.

Ken Ross, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin, said Thursday morning that the man was not asking for someone from the airline company.

Because of the man’s statements to security, Cook said, Fort Worth Police Department bomb technicians were called in to take a closer look at a briefcase in the man’s vehicle. Shortly after 10 a.m., police said no explosive devices were found in the man’s vehicle.

Once the scene is secured, the man’s remains will be turned over to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner for official identification. Cook said they have preliminary identification of the man and that agents and officers visited known people Thursday morning and determined there were no other threats to the community.

“In all the places we checked we found no additional threats. We do not believe there are ongoing threats with the Naval Air Station or Lockheed Martin,” Cook said. “So right now we’re playing it safe out of caution when it comes to making sure there are no explosive devices in the vehicle.”

White Settlement Police Department

Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility is adjacent to Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and is where the aircraft company builds the F-35 Lightning II, the world’s most advanced military fighter aircraft. Thousands of employees work at the facility every day.

While the investigation unfolds, the facility remains open for employees. The gate at 341 Northbound Spur is locked and employees must enter the facility through alternate doors, police said. The locked door is expected to open for someone before noon.

If you are considering suicide or know someone who is considering suicide, you can call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) for help. In Spanish: National Suicide Prevention Network 1-888-628-9454. An online chat option has been added HERE. Additional resources for suicide prevention are available HERE.

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