An intruder broke into Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Monday and attempted to gain access to the president’s Air Force One plane before guards open fired. The individual was spotted inside the hangar housing Air Force One and other presidential aircraft. A base resident inside the building fired upon the intruder and then security arrived to arrest the man. He remains unidentified. “A man gained unauthorized access to a JBA housing area. A resident discharged a firearm, security forces arrived on scene to apprehend the intruder and law enforcement is investigating the incident,” Joint Base Andrews said in a statement posted to Twitter.
According to Fox:
In addition to Air Force One planes, the hangar houses Marine One helicopters and the massive “doomsday” plan that could serve as a mobile command center for the president in the event of major emergency, according to The Associated Press.
Officials have not stated the man’s motive for entering the facility, though their investigation is ongoing.
U.S. presidents have used Joint Base Andrews as the home of Air Force One for decades. President Biden and others frequently fly from the White House to the Maryland base on Marine One before taking longer trips on the presidential jet.
Biden often uses this base to fly to his home in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach Delaware.
This is a developing story.