An armed teen has been arrested and another suspect has escaped after plowing through a security checkpoint at Joint Base Andrews on Sunday night just after Vice President Kamala Harris and members of President Biden landed.
The breach prompted a six-hour lockdown of the Maryland base the President and his top officials frequently use when flying out of Washington D.C.
Harris and cabinet members including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had just departed the base after returning from a trip to Selma, Alabama, to mark the anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
An update from the military facility revealed that the main gates have been opened after a full-sweep declared that the second intruder had left the base and is now on the run.
A release from Joint Base Andrews said that the 17-year-old who has been arrested remains in custody after being found in possession of a firearm.
The incident appeared to be one of the most recent serious breaches of security in memory at Andrews, which is only a few miles outside Washington, D.C., in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
About an hour before the breach occurred, Harris together with four Cabinet secretaries had been on the base as they travelled back from Selma, Alabama, where they had participated in commemorative events for ‘Bloody Sunday.’
The group landed in Maryland at about 9pm and left the shortly afterward, the White House explained.
Harris departed via the Marine Two helicopter back to Washington D.C. before the report of a security breach had been made public.
The four secretaries were Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan.
Col. Tyler Schaff, 316th Wing and Joint Base Andrews installation commander said: ‘I am incredibly proud of the quick actions of our Defenders to immediately deploy the barriers to stop last night’s stolen vehicle and then apprehend one of the individuals that had a weapon.
‘The Defenders handled the intense situation with discipline and calm professionalism.
‘We are also thankful for our partnerships with local authorities, who responded rapidly on base to assist the 316th Security Forces Group throughout the night.’
‘We can confirm that the individual who was apprehended had a weapon, but no shots have been fired,’ Joint Base Andrews said in a statement in the early hours of Morning on Facebook.
‘There is not an active shooter situation at Joint Base Andrews; however, the intruder’s whereabouts are currently unknown.’
This is an excerpt from The Daily Mail.
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