Military, police mum on gate runner's death

SUSPECT VEHICLE: A Toyota Sequoia crashed at Andersen Air Force Base on Wednesday night after the driver plowed through the front gate security barricades and disregarded security personnel. He fled on foot and was located at 6:45 a.m. Thursday on the base. Contributed photo

Andersen Air Force Base has confirmed the suspect who allegedly crashed into barriers on the Guam base Wednesday evening is dead. The suspect was located at approximately 6:45 a.m. Thursday by a team of security forces on the base in Yigo.

"At approximately 7:52 a.m. local time today, the suspect was pronounced deceased on scene while receiving medical attention by emergency medical personnel," the base's public affairs office stated.

The suspect, who has not been publicly named, allegedly stabbed a civilian security staffer.

“While apprehending a suspect, our defenders were compelled to use lethal force for their own defense, resulting in the death of the suspect,” said Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, 36th Wing commander in a press release. “We value the importance of every life and are thankful for the courage our defenders display in the safe conduct of their duties protecting our personnel and families.”

“During apprehension, the suspect responded aggressively and stabbed a Department of Defense civilian security forces member,” the base stated. “The suspect was subsequently shot by base security during the altercation.”

The incident resulted in a complete lockdown of the base on Wednesday evening for just under two hours as local and military law enforcement conducted a manhunt for the suspect. During Thursday morning's altercation, the front gate of the base also was shut down. 

Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said police responded to a report of a home invasion on Ypao Road around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle and pursued him from Tamuning to Andersen where he disregarded the security and collided with the barriers and fled on foot, Tapao said. GPD's investigation is ongoing. 

“Our top priority is to ensure the safety of Team Andersen, our service members and families,” the 36th Wing commander stated in a press release. “We are proud of our partnerships in place and for the swift action taken by our security forces members in conjunction with local law enforcement.”