Stolen vehicle smashes into Air Force base, prompting a lockdown

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Update 10:20 a.m.:

The incident that led to McConnell Air Force Base being put on lockdown Tuesday started at around 6 a.m. when the driver of a stolen vehicle refused to stop at the gate, according to a news release.

“An underage civilian with no affiliation with the Department of Defense was apprehended after refusing to stop at the gate,” the release said. “Security measures in place stopped the vehicle. He fled on foot from the scene and was apprehended shortly thereafter.”

He was the only one in the vehicle, according to Air Force Lt. Kate Danner. The person is being questioned and the investigation is ongoing.

A photo posted on Facebook shows a white SUV with a gate crushed against the front windshield.

Original 9 a.m.:

Officers in Sedgwick County were at McConnell Air Force Base as of 8:30 a.m. after responding to help with a security incident at 6:19 a.m., according to 911 emergency communications.

The “security incident” led to the base being locked down, according to a base spokesperson, who said the main gate near the visitor center off Rock Road is still closed but the other gates have opened.

“We had a security incident, one trespasser has been apprehended,” Air Force Lt. Kate Danner said in an email.

Danner said she wasn’t able to get on base because of the lockdown but would provide additional details after she does.

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