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Slain airman confronted base security

GRAND FORKS -- The airman killed in a shooting Sunday night at Grand Forks Air Force Base was Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hullman, a base spokesman said Tuesday.

Timothy Flack of the base's public affairs office said because the investigation is not complete, he can't say much else about the shooting, except that there is no threat to the public.

According to information broadcast over Grand Forks police radios Sunday night by the Grand Forks 911 dispatch center -- and confirmed Tuesday by Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost and Becky Ault, director of the 911 dispatch center -- deputies were told that Hullman was confronting Air Force security on a street on base and brandishing a handgun.

Flack said late Tuesday that he could not comment other than confirming Hullman's name and rank. The investigation is ongoing, he said.

Ault said deputies were not dispatched officially to the scene, but simply briefed over the radio system and telephone on the general outline of the situation, based on information from Air Force officials.

Sheriff's deputies who responded to the situation Sunday night were told at the base entrance that the situation involved only active-duty Air Force personnel, and therefore the sheriff's department had no jurisdiction, Rost said. Incidents on base involving civilians or dependents of Air Force personnel are within the jurisdiction of the sheriff's department, Rost said.

"Any time we lose an airman, it's a tragedy," said 319th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Paul Bauman in a news release Tuesday morning. "We offer our deepest condolences to Tech. Sgt. Hullman's family, friends, unit members and fellow airmen."

About 1,200 active-duty airmen are stationed at the base.

According to Hullman's Facebook page, he was a public health inspector on base, a duty he also had at air bases in Columbus, Miss., and Lakehead, in Suffolk, England. He had been stationed at Grand Forks since 2009 and was 36.

He began his Air Force career in 1997 at McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kan., and graduated from high school in San Antonio in 1996.

His family includes a younger brother who also serves in the Air Force.