Joint Base Andrews locked on ‘armed individual’ shortly after Kamala Harris visit

Two people – including an army one – passed through a security checkpoint at Joint Base Andrews on Sunday evening, apparently around the time Vice President Kamala Harris and several cabinet members were there on Sunday evening.

One of the intruders was arrested while the other remained at large as of 11 p.m., according to a statement posted on the Maryland military installation’s Facebook page.

“We can confirm that the individual who was apprehended had a weapon, but no shots were fired,” the statement said, adding that “there is no active shooter situation at Joint Base Andrews”.

The intruders broke through the air base’s main gate checkpoint around 9 p.m. and fled after their vehicle stopped, officials said.

It is not known what prompted the incident.

Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and cabinet secretaries landed in Maryland around 9 p.m. after traveling to an event in Selma, Alabama, marking the 57th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” in which police attacked protesters blacks for civil rights.

A White House official confirmed to the Washington Post that around 9:40 p.m., cabinet members — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan — had left the base safely.

Vice President Kamala Harris pictured earlier Sunday at an event in Selma, Alabama.
Brynn Anderson
A military police officer is seen at the base following reports of an armed intruder.
A military police officer is seen at the base following reports of an armed intruder.
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