Armed civilian shot after crashing gate at Little Rock AFB

Armed civilian shot after crashing gate at Little Rock AFB
(Image: AP, Danny Johnston)

Guards shot and critically wounded a civilian outside a sprawling Air Force base in Arkansas on Monday after the man drove his SUV over a curb near the main gate, crashed through a sign and got out of the vehicle holding a rifle, the base commander said.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the man, whose name hasn’t been released, was trying to enter Little Rock Air Force Base, which is about 15 miles northeast of its namesake city.

Col. Charles Brown Jr., the base’s commander, said two guards stationed at the base’s main gate quickly recognized a threat shot the man. He said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the man fired his weapon, how many shots were fired or if the man exchanged words with the two guards. …

The base issued a statement earlier Monday saying the man was hospitalized in critical condition. A person described as a bystander was treated and released for “unrelated medical care,” though no details about the person or the injuries were released.

Brown said it was unclear why the man wanted to get on the base, which is major C-130 training facility and home to more than 8,000 active-duty military personnel and civilian employees.

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