Joint Base Anacostia Bolling

‘All Clear' Given for Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling After Lockdown

Authorities warned a possibly armed man breached the military base in Washington, DC

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Several hours after a military base in Washington, D.C., was placed on lockdown, authorities say a suspect was apprehended and the threat has been "cleared."

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, located in Southeast D.C., posted an alert on its Facebook page about 12:30 p.m. Friday that the base was on lockdown. The lockdown came following a report that an armed person was spotted on the base.

Shortly after 3 p.m., base officials posted on Facebook that "... the threat of an armed individual on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling has been cleared."

The suspect got through near a housing section of the base, officials said later in a news release. Someone reported the intrusion and then authorities on base found a gun shortly after.

They detained the suspect after doing a thorough sweep of the area, according to the release.

The base did not identify the suspect and said he did not appear to have any association with the base. D.C. police took him into custody.

D.C. police officers had responded to the report of a shooting in the 3800 block of Halley Place SE, a road that leads to the base, police said earlier in the day. Officers found evidence of a shooting, but police said at the time they did not find anyone who was shot.

During the lockdown, base officials said they were looking for one person and warned others to call security forces if anyone saw the person.

"If you encounter the individual and have a safe route, RUN. If you do not have a safe route to run, HIDE. Barricade your door, turn off the lights and your cell phone ringer, and remain silent," according to a previous post on the base's official Facebook page. "If you are hiding, prepare to FIGHT."

The initial Facebook notice, posted shortly after 12:30 p.m., said officials had information that the "individual is believed to be armed."

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

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