Airman arrested on weapons charge
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An Air Force police officer stationed at Osan Air Base was arrested Friday morning after allegedly leaving base with a loaded handgun.
The incident sent local police rushing to set up armed roadblocks in the area, according to South Korean news reports.
A spokeswoman for Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing, 1st Lt. Malinda C. Singleton, would not give the airman’s name Friday, saying the matter was “under investigation.”
No one was injured as result of the incident, she said.
Singleton said the airman first class was assigned to the wing’s police unit, the 51st Security Forces Squadron.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency Friday identified the airman as a 21-year-old named Walker. It said he left base shortly after 11:30 p.m. with a handgun loaded with 30 rounds.
He was off duty at the time but had allegedly volunteered for temporary night duty so that he could be issued a loaded weapon, according to the Yonhap report.
He allegedly phoned his wife and said he had a gun, Yonhap reported, and she contacted authorities.