Shot fired after intruder enters Joint Base Andrews, home of Air Force One
Stars and Stripes February 7, 2023
Air Force security arrested an intruder at Joint Base Andrews, Md., after a resident discharged a firearm Monday morning, according to an Air Force press release that day.
Security responded following the report of a shot fired around 11:30 a.m. by an unidentified resident and then took the intruder into custody, the statement said.
No injuries or damage resulted from the incident, according to a post by Joint Base Andrews on Twitter.
“We are not identifying the base resident due to privacy concerns,” base spokeswoman Maj. Lauren Hill told Stars and Stripes by Facebook Messenger on Monday.
Family housing residents at Andrews are allowed to store their privately owned weapons and munitions separately in their quarters, according to the base website.
The Air Force did not say how the intruder entered the base or where in the housing area the individual was apprehended.
Law enforcement is investigating the incident, according to the statement.
Andrews is home to the fleet of blue-and-white presidential aircraft, including Air Force One. Marine One and other critical U.S. government aircraft are also based there.
The incident comes nearly a year after a 17-year-old male intruder was found to be in possession of a firearm “after his apprehension” in March, a joint base spokesperson said at the time. A second intruder evaded capture.
A year before that, a homeless man with a lengthy arrest record was able to drive onto the post Feb. 4, 2021, after he was permitted entry by a “distracted gate guard,” according to an Air Force Inspector General probe. That individual entered an Air Force C-40 Clipper jet — the military version of a Boeing 737-700C — before he was captured, officials said at the time.
The Air Force launched a service-wide review of security procedures after that incident, but the inspector general found no systemic issues with installation access security at the joint base.