An intruder broke into Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where the presidential Air Force One aircraft are kept, and was soon opened fire by a resident of the base on Monday.
The individual gained access to the base on Monday morning, before being seen in a residential area within the base. JBA has AF1 jets and other presidential aircraft. A base resident inside the building fired a single shot, and then security arrived to arrest the man. He remains unknown.
“A person gained unauthorized access to a JBA housing area. A resident discharged a firearm. Security forces are on scene to apprehend the intruder,” Joint Base Andrews said in a statement posted on Twitter. arrived and law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident,” Joint Base Andrews said in a statement posted on Twitter.
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According to the Associated Press, in addition to the Air Force One planes, the hangars at the base house large-scale “doomsday” planes that can serve as a mobile command center for the president in the event of a major emergency.
Authorities have not released a motive for the man’s entry into the center, though their investigation is ongoing.
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US presidents have used Joint Base Andrews as the home of Air Force One for decades. President Biden and others often travel from the White House to Marine One’s Maryland base before making the long journey on the presidential jet.
Biden has often used the base to commute to his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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