Lockdown lifted at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. – MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, was briefly put on lockdown Friday morning after a report of an armed suspect outside the base. The base was put on lockdown after local authorities notified the base there was an armed suspect near one of the base’s gates, a news release said. Base officials were assisting local law enforcement in searching for the suspect, Lt. Brandon Hanner, a spokesman for MacDill said. Investigators notified base officials that they thought the man was on or near MacDill. During the lockdown, traffic was at a standstill on numerous roads around the base, which is near downtown Tampa, news outlets reported.
Florida sheriff fatally strikes pedestrian, deputies say
CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida sheriff fatally struck a pedestrian who was crossing a highway Wednesday night, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast was driving from a board meeting around 9 p.m. when a pedestrian entered the outside traffic lane of U.S. Highway 19 in Hernando County in an attempt to cross. Prendergast is cooperating with the Florida Highway Patrol investigation and agreed to submit to a blood draw, although alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the fatal crash. "We will continue to update the public on the details of the investigation once more information is available. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the pedestrian during this difficult time," deputies said in a news release.