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Emergency call for “active shooter” empties Cedar Falls business

CEDAR FALLS - An emergency call for an "active shooter" emptied a Cedar Falls business Wednesday afternoon.

CEDAR FALLS – An emergency call for an “active shooter” emptied a Cedar Falls business Wednesday afternoon.

Black Hawk County Consolidated Dispatch received a call at 2:07 PM on Wednesday, January 4, reporting an audible, internal “Active Shooter” alarm at the Viking Pump facility at 711 W. Viking Road in Cedar Falls. The caller did not have additional information but advised that they were evacuating all employees.

Cedar Falls Police responded to this report of an active shooter along with several other law enforcement agencies. Employees were evacuated, a perimeter was established, and multiple law enforcement teams began a primary search of the building. Management of the business accounted for all employees and a secondary search was conducted with law enforcement and maintenance personnel so that they could access all areas of the large factory.

There was no shooter located and no injuries reported. There is no threat to the public. The cause of the alarm is under investigation by Viking Pump Management and Cedar Falls Police Investigators.

Cedar Falls Public Safety was assisted by:

Iowa State Patrol
Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement
Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department
Waterloo Police Department
Hudson Police Department
University of Northern Iowa Police

“All Viking Pump locations in Cedar Falls conducted active shooter training in conjunction with the Cedar Falls Police Department in 2020 – it showed today with their organized and orderly evacuation of the business. The management team at Viking Pump accounted for every one of their many employees in a very short time.” – Craig Berte, Director of Public Safety

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