Security forces shot and killed a gate runner at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Thursday morning, Aug. 15 who aggressively assaulted policemen trying to arrest him and stabbed a member of the civil security forces.
The unknown suspect charged Andersen’s front gate at about 7:35 p.m. while being pursued by officers of the Guam Police Department on Wednesday night, Andersen representatives said Thursday in a release published on the Facebook base page.
While attempting to force his way through the door, the suspect crashed his car and then left it, the release said. He then went into the neighboring jungle, prompting a lockdown on the base.
The 36th Security Forces squadron and Guam police began searching for the suspect, who attempted to escape patrols in the jungle. Police and safety forces discovered the suspect on base on Thursday morning and attempted to arrest him. He “responded aggressively,” assaulted a policemen, stabbing a civilian security forces Department of Defense member. The suspect was then shot by an officer, officials from Andersen said, and at about 7:52 a.m. was pronounced dead at the scene.
“While apprehending a suspect, our defenders were compelled to use lethal force for their own defense, resulting in the death of the suspect,” Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, commander of the 36th Wing, said in the release. “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 Navy Criminal Investigative Service and Special Investigation Air Force Officer are investigating the incident and use of force, working with the safety forces and the Department of Guam Police, Andersen said.