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Fort Hood Soldier Arrested As Base Deals With False Active Shooting Reports

FORT HOOD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A soldier at Fort Hood was taken into custody for threatening his leadership, officials at the U.S. Army base in Texas said Thursday following what they described as false reports on social media of an active shooter.

"NO ACTIVE SHOOTER ON FORT HOOD Rumors of an #activeshooter on #FortHood are false; no shots were fired. An active duty #Soldier made homicidal threats toward his leadership and is currently in the custody of Fort Hood law enforcement," the base tweeted just before 11:30 a.m.

The base gave no more details about threats to leadership or the soldier taken into custody by Fort Hood law enforcement.

Fort Hood has seen a spate of violence this year that prompted a congressional investigation and a separate, independent review of command leadership. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said in August that Fort Hood had of the highest rates of murder, assault and harassment among Army installations.

Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, announced in a press conference Wednesday that a congressional delegation will visit Fort Hood this weekend.

The base in Central Texas was the site of a deadly mass shooting in 2009. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 more were hurt when a then-Army major opened fire.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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