A man is dead after shooting himself Thursday morning at the main entry gate of Lockheed Martin, located in northwest Fort Worth near White Settlement, and police have locked down the area while they investigate the man’s briefcase and his car.
White Settlement police said they responded to the aerospace company building, on Lockheed Boulevard., around 5:35 am after a report of shots fired.
“We have closed the main gate and (are) rerouting all employees to other gates,” police posted on Twitter around 6:45 am
The police department said investigators determined the incident was not an active shooter.
The man was dead from a self-inflicted wound when police arrived, White Settlement Police Chief Christopher Cook said during a news conference.
The man, who was in his 60s, was trying to gain entry into the facility before security challenged him. He then pulled out a handgun and shot himself, Cook said.
Police are unclear about who the man was and said he didn’t have identification. Investigators will look into the possibility that he was an employee or former employee, Cook said.
The man will be identified by the medical examiner’s office.
Cook said that police expanded their lock down “based upon comments the suspect made prior to the shooting,” and after locating a “suspicious device,” in the suspect’s vehicle.
The man told security he was looking for a federal office, and police found a briefcase in the man’s car, Cook said.
Cook said that the Fort Worth Police Department’s bomb technicians were on scene to evaluate the object.
He said it’s concerning anytime an individual tries to gain entry onto US government property.
“The Naval Air Station has a gate right here as far as the runway is concerned,” he said. “So yeah, this is very concerning. That’s why we have our federal partners here. The FBI is working the intelligence angle to see if there’s anything weird here.”
Lockheed Martin spokesperson Ken Ross said the security team was suspicious of the man’s behavior as he tried to gain entry into the facility without proper credentials.
“What transpired after that as they tried to deescalate the situation is what’s now under investigation,” he said.
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This story was originally published May 19, 2022 7:32 AM.