OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) — An individual was shot by a 55th Security Forces Squadron member at the Kenney Gate here June 4.
Following a felony traffic stop, the suspect fled and illegally forced his way onto Offutt AFB with Bellevue Police Department and Sarpy County Sherriff’s Department vehicles in pursuit.
“We have no indications he had any connection with the military or base at all,” said Brig. Gen. Donald Bacon, the 55th Wing commander here.
During a five-to-ten minute chase through the installation, the 55th SFS closed all base exits and when the suspect attempted to force his vehicle off base, essentially using his vehicle as a weapon, a security forces member fired three shots, officials said.
“The suspect was warned and had a chance to surrender, but instead chose to repeatedly ram a barricade with his car and endanger those around the gate,” Bacon said.
On initial review, the security forces member, who is a Department of the Air Force civilian, followed the proper protocol, officials said.
“Our initial assessment is our security forces members followed the correct procedures today,” Bacon said.
The suspect was wounded and was taken to Creighton Medical Center by medical helicopter where he later died.
(Courtesy of 55th Wing Public Affairs.)