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The Today File

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October 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Police: Nothing found in search for armed man at Everett Boeing

Officer Aaron Snell, Everett police PIO, talks with incident command at the Boeing's Everett factory in Everett, Wash. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  Snell said two Boeing employees reported seeing a male with a rifle near the cafeteria. Police from multiple jurisdictions searched the area and deemed it to be safe.

Officer Aaron Snell, Everett police PIO, talks with incident command at the Boeing’s Everett factory in Everett, Wash. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Snell said two Boeing employees reported seeing a male with a rifle near the cafeteria. Police from multiple jurisdictions searched the area and deemed it to be safe.

Update at 9:20 p.m. | The search for a man with a weapon at the Boeing plant has ended, Everett police said. A man with a weapon was never located.

Officials are confident there is no threat, Boeing said in a tweet. Employees have been allowed back inside the buildings.

According to the Everett Police Department, the incident began when an employee called 911 around 7 p.m. and reported a suspicious male carrying a rifle outside a building. A second employee called 911 shortly after the first caller and reported seeing a man carrying a weapon. The two employees were interviewed by officers.

Update at 9 p.m. | Officers are still searching the buildings in the area, Everett police said.

A Boeing machinist who was evacuated from the wire shop in Building 40-56 said he didn’t know of anything going on until a police SWAT team showed up with Boeing security and told him and his workmates to gather in the cafeteria. They said there was a report of a gunman in the building, described as a white male with a long gun.

The cafeteria was so crowded that the workers overflowed into nearby conference rooms.

After about 20 minutes this machinist was escorted out of the building with others, all with their hands up under the eyes of the police.

Update at 8:22 p.m. | Everett police said officers are searching the buildings and have not located a man with a weapon.

Boeing said security officials are “actively working to ensure security to all employees” as police investigate.

Update at 8:12 p.m. | Officers received one to two reports of a male in dark clothing carrying a weapon on the north side of the plant, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said. No gunman has been found, and there have been no indications of shots fired or any injured people, he said.

Original post | Everett police are responding to unconfirmed reports of a man with a weapon at Boeing’s Everett plant, police said.

Multiple units are on the scene, according to the Everett Police Department. Boeing employees are being escorted out of the buildings.

“All precautions are being taken until we know more,” Boeing said in a tweet.

We will add to this post as more information becomes available.

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