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One Dead After Men Dressed as Women Try to Ram Car Through NSA Gate

Monday, 30 Mar 2015 03:41 PM

Two people tried to run their vehicle through the entrance gates of the National Security Agency near Washington on Monday before guards shot one of them dead, and the vehicle's second occupant and a police officer were injured, officials said.

The two, who were dressed in women's clothes, tried to drive their SUV through an entrance gate at the spy agency's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, a senior U.S. official said.

Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the NSA and the CIA, praised the lethal response of the security force at the Maryland facility.

"There doesn't seem to be a whole lot innocent about this," he told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV about the gate ramming at Fort Meade.

"This isn't the first time somebody tried to break through our barriers. In each instance the security force has been right on the mark."

He also said those in the vehicle that wouldn't stop at the gate "could have had [a] very evil intent."

"So I'm glad that the forces there responded as they did. This is not anything for anyone to fool around with."

The pair's motive was not immediately known, but officials said there was no evidence the incident was linked to terrorism. One official said investigators were looking into whether drugs were involved.

The two people "attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate," the NSA statement said. The pair failed to follow a police officer's directions to leave the gate area and barriers were put up.

The vehicle accelerated toward an NSA police car blocking the road at the Fort Meade base gate about 20 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. Officers fired at it when the driver refused to stop.

The vehicle crashed into the police car. One of the vehicle's occupants died at the scene. The cause is still undetermined, the statement said.

An NSA police officer and the vehicle's second occupant were injured and taken to a hospital. The FBI is leading the probe into the incident.

In a statement, the FBI said: "The shooting scene is contained and we do not believe it is related to terrorism."

NBC News, quoting unnamed sources, said the two were driving in a stolen car. A gun and drugs were found in the vehicle, a Ford Escape, the network said.

Television helicopter footage showed two damaged vehicles outside the gates to NSA headquarters, located just off a major highway linking Baltimore and Washington. Video showed at least one person in uniform being wheeled to an ambulance.

One of the vehicles shown was marked "Police" and had its hood up. The other, a dark vehicle, had front-end damage.

The FBI added it was working with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland to determine whether federal charges were warranted.

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Two people tried to run their vehicle through the entrance gates of the National Security Agency near Washington on Monday before guards shot one of them dead, and the vehicle's second occupant and a police officer were injured, officials said.
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