Authorities have identified one of the two men who were shot at by police after they attempted to enter the National Security Agency complex at Ft. Meade, Md., on Monday.
The FBI said Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, died at the scene after NSA police shot at the stolen Ford SUV he was driving as it rammed into a police car near a gate to the NSA campus. An unidentified male passenger was injured and is being treated at a hospital, authorities said. No further information was given about the condition of the passenger.
An NSA police officer who was injured in the incident was treated and released Monday, officials said.
In a statement, FBI spokeswoman Amy J. Thoreson confirmed that the two men were “dressed as females, but not in an attempt to disguise themselves from authorities.” The incident is not believed to be related to terrorism, the agency said.
According to Howard County police, the black SUV was stolen Monday morning from the Terrace Motel near Jessup, Md. In a statement, authorities said the owner of the SUV told police he had picked up two men in Baltimore who were dressed as women, and drove them to a motel in Howard County. He checked into the motel about 7:30 a.m.; about an hour later, the two men left the motel room, taking the SUV, police said.
According to a statement from NSA officials, a vehicle containing two people attempted “unauthorized entry” at a gate on the agency’s campus just before 9 a.m. Monday. When an NSA police officer instructed them to exit the area, the driver “failed to obey,” the NSA said. “The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed.”
The SUV sped toward an NSA police car blocking the road, and NSA police fired at the SUV as it crashed into the police car.
The FBI says investigators are conducting interviews and collecting evidence, and are working with federal prosecutors in Maryland to determine if any federal charges will be filed.
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