DC military base on lockdown after report of armed person

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Washington military base was locked down Friday after a report reported that an armed person was sighted on the premises after local police said gunshots were heard on roads near the base and one armed man ran onto the premises.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Washington military base was locked down Friday after a report reported that an armed person was sighted on the premises after local police said gunshots were heard on roads near the base and one armed man ran onto the premises.

The joint base Anacostia-Bolling posted a message on their Facebook page saying the base will be locked. The notice said the person was sighted on the south side of the base. The naval support facility at the north end of the base is used by Marine Helicopter Squadron One, the fleet of green helicopters that carry the President and Vice President.

“When you meet the individual and have a safe path, RUN. If you don’t have a safe route to walk to, HIDE. Barricade your door, turn off the lights and ringtone on your cell phone and stay silent, ”the post said. “If you’re hiding, prepare to FIGHT.”

Officials initially said they were looking for two people, but a later report said only one person was at large, a man with dreadlocks who wore blue or green pants and a white tank top.

Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said DC officials responded to a report of gunfire heard near the base as the suspects ran into the compound. Police said they had no reports of shooting victims. A line of cars was parked at an entrance in the street when security guards blocked routes during the police search.

The 905-acre base in southeast Washington houses units of the Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard as well as the Washington branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the headquarters of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Just last week, a Pentagon police officer was stabbed to death in a transit center outside the building following an outbreak of violence. One suspect was shot dead by the police and died on the scene. During this violence, the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US military, was temporarily locked.

Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press

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