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RAF MILDENHALL, England — A special operations airman is under investigation for the unlicensed possession of a firearm following an early-morning incident at the airman’s Mildenhall home two weeks ago, U.S. Air Force and British officials said.

The incident also has prompted an investigation into a possible assault as well as a possible home intrusion, according to the Suffolk Constabulary. The constabulary has yet to make any arrests or file any charges in connection with the incident.

Neither the Air Force nor the Suffolk Constabulary would identify the airman or the second suspect, but Lt. Col. Mark T. Allison, staff judge advocate of the 100th Legal Office, confirmed that the airman is a member of the 352nd Special Operations Group.

The probe began after the resident of a home on King’s Way in Mildenhall called police shortly before 3 a.m. on April 14, said Suffolk Constabulary spokeswoman Lisa Crane.

The residents told police they thought an intruder was outside their home, Crane said.

When police arrived, they found a man outside of the home. He told police he was just looking into the house for a possible party and had spotted the airman’s shotgun sitting in plain sight, Allison said.

Both the airman and the man were questioned and released by police, Crane said. The airman explained to authorities that the shotgun was unloaded, Crane said.

“Obviously we treat this very seriously,” Crane said of the weapon. “It is illegal to possess any firearm without the relevant documents.”

She said the incident has prompted three separate investigations: one for a possible home intruder, another for the unlicensed possession of a firearm and a third for a possible assault.

Crane refused to say who allegedly was assaulted.

Allison and the 352nd spokesman Master Sgt. Dennis Brewer said the Air Force is limited in what it can say about the incident because of an ongoing investigation by British authorities outside the Air Force’s jurisdiction.


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