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Air Force security fires at base intruder

Main gate at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. (U. S. Air Force photo by Melissa Peterson)
October 26, 2023

Air Force security fired multiple shots in self-defense when a driver breached the main entrance to Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis on Saturday.

A 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs press release stated, “At approximately 4:22 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, security forces personnel responded when a person did not stop at the access control point at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis in Northwest San Antonio.”

According to the press release, the Air Force “security forces” attempted to pursue the unidentified driver and “took defensive measures” when the intruder attempted to exit the base “via the inbound lane traveling at an excessive rate of speed.”

The press release noted that the vehicle left the base and traveled on Northwest Military Highway while the base’s security forces contacted the San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

“No injuries to Air Force personnel or damage to Air Force property were reported in the installation breach,” the press release stated.

Despite Air Force security personnel firing multiple shots at the suspect, the suspect was also not injured, according to officials.

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According to, the unidentified driver was able to break through the base’s access control point and was on the base for several minutes prior to turning the vehicle around and attempting to quickly leave through the gate.

Air Force officials told that the unidentified individual did not reach any training locations on the base. The driver was arrested the same evening by the San Antonio Police Department, roughly nine miles from the base, for a different incident.

According to, Camp Bullis is located on over 27,000 acres in Bexar County, Texas. Camp Bullis serves as a training base for Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps units, as well as a field medical training site for service members stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center. In addition to Camp Bullis, Joint Base San Antonio has three other locations, including JBSA-Randolph, JBSA-Lackland, and JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

On Tuesday, Joint Base San Antonio temporarily closed another gate and initiated a lockdown of multiple buildings after gunshots were heard near the Schofield Gate at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, according to a press release.

The press release noted that the incident did not involve any injuries or damage to the base. According to Fox News, it is not clear whether the two incidents had any connection.