Shots fired, man arrested after intruder in car tried to 'ram' checkpoint of US Air Force base in England

Senior Airman Ethan MorganA sergeant and a military working dog at RAF Mildenhall in 2012.
  • A man tried to ram his car into a US Air Force base in England.
  • US service personnel opened fire when the man tried to enter RAF Mildenhall.
  • The man was arrested and left with “minor cuts and bruises.”

A person has been arrested after trying to gain access to a US Air Force base in England, according to media reports.

RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk was placed on lockdown after the incident, which the BBC described as an “apparent attempt to ram” the checkpoint.

US service personnel opened fire when the man tried to enter the base. He was ultimately caught by police with only “minor cuts and bruises.”

The base has a Royal Air Force name but is used by the US military. It houses about 3,100 US military servicemen and 3,000 more family members, according to Reuters.

The incident is now over, and police say there is “no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base.”

A press release from Suffolk Police said:

“Suffolk Police were contacted at approximately 1.40pm today (Monday 18 December) to reports of a disturbance at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. […]

Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody.

“No other people have been injured as a result of the incident.”

RAF MildenhallGoogle Maps/Business InsiderAn aerial view of RAF Mildenhall.

During the lockdown, personnel on the base were instructed to hide in the offices, lock their doors, switch the lights off, and close their windows and curtains, according to US Brian Boisvert, a sergeant deployed on the base who described the situation to Sky News.

The lockdown was lifted after about an hour, Boisvert added.

The 1,162-acre compound was due to be closed after the US said it would move its operations from the base to Germany, Reuters reported.

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