Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) posted a statement on its official Facebook page on Thursday, saying that the incident began at approximately 7:35 p.m. local time Wednesday when the male suspect, whose identity has not been revealed to the public, crashed his vehicle while attempting to force his way through the base’s front gate.
The man was pursued by Guam Police Department in a high-speed police chase, the military base later confirmed. After crashing into emergency defensive barriers deployed by the base security, he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into the nearby jungle.
The AAFB statement said that the base was placed on lockdown, as the security forces and local law enforcement agents began searching for the fugitive who attempted to elude patrols in the jungle.
“Andersen AFB is in a base-wide lockdown. All base personnel implement lockdown procedures and immediately take shelter,” the base said in a Facebook post. “All base personnel implement lockdown procedures and immediately take shelter. Remain indoors and keep all entryways locked. This is not an exercise!”
The suspect was discovered and cornered at about 6:35 a.m. local time Thursday by security forces, the AAFB statement said. The report noted that he aggressively resisted the arrest by attacking the officers with a knife.
“During the apprehension, the suspect responded aggressively and stabbed a Department of Defense civilian security forces member,” the military base’s statement said. “The suspect was subsequently shot by base security during the altercation.”
An ambulance transported the suspect to a local civilian hospital, where he was later announced dead.
A base official said the security officers were forced to open fire to defend themselves.
“While apprehending a suspect, our defenders were compelled to use lethal force for their own defense, resulting in the death of the suspect,” said Brig. General Gentry Boswell, commander of the 36th Wing.
“We value the importance of every life and are thankful for the courage our Defenders display in the safe conduct of their duties, protecting our personnel and families.”
The statement did not disclose details about the condition of the stabbed security officer. In another Facebook post, however, the base said they were “glad to report that the defender is healthy and doing well.”
The incident is currently under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, Andersen security forces and Guam Police.
This is not the first time an individual rammed an Air Force base gate in a vehicle and was shot dead.
In February 2017, a Navy seaman named Robert “Colton” Wright was fatally shot dead by base security at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia.
According to Navy Times, Wright, who was being sought by Virginia Beach Police, crashed his vehicle through NAS Oceana’s back gate and went to his squadron’s hangar.
Upon receiving a distress call, security forces searched and confronted Wright, who refused to cooperate and made aggressive moves toward the officers. Wright was shot and killed during the standoff.