May 19 2010
UPDATE 3: Still NO information yet as to the identity of the guy with the knife.
UPDATE 4: NOW The FBI has identified the man shot and killed outside MacDill Air Force Base Wednesday as 51-year-old Ronald Bullock.
Don’t know if he is a Muslim or not. LINK
MacDill is located south of downtown Tampa. It is home to U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia.
Tampa Fire Rescue Units responded to a shooting just outside MacDill Air Force Base to find the victim deceased at the scene.
According to officials, fire units responded at about 6:47 p.m. to a 911 call for a shooting victim. The incident happened at the Dale Mabry gate to MacDill Air Force Base.
According to a statement prepared by MacDill Air Force Base, security was called to an altercation at the Family Camp on base at about 6 p.m. One of the people involved fled from the scene on a motorcycle. Officials say security at the Dale Mabry Gate tried to stop the motorcyclist, but he resisted. Law enforcement shot him.
Tampa Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Capt. Bill Wade said CPR was in progress on the victim as fire units were on their way, but when units arrived, the victim had died.
“Our Security Forces personnel acted promptly to safeguard the base and its personel,” said Colonel Larry Martin, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander. The Dale Mabry entrance to the base is closed, but MacDill and Bayshore gates are open BAY NEWS9
SEE VIDEO HERE: MacDill SHOOTING
UPDATE: U.S. Air Force Spokesman Major Richard Johnson said the incident remains under investigation but doesn’t appear to be an act of terrorism.
UPDATE 2: A U.S. Army veteran who was a guest at MacDill Air ForceBase was shot Wednesday night by an FBI agent after an altercation, FBI and base officials said.
The victim, whose name hasn’t been released, was involved in a dispute at around 6 p.m. at the base’s Family Camp, a recreational vehicle area at the south end of the base, said Col. Larry Martin, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander.
Base security was called to the scene and the man involved in the incident fled on a motorcycle at a high rate of speed. Security tried to stop him, but he evaded staff and drove toward the gate at Dale Mabry Highway, officials said.
An FBI agent, who happened to be on base, assisted base security. He approached the suspect, who had ditched his motorcycle and was wielding a knife as he walked toward the FBI agent.
The agent shot and killed him just inside the Dale Mabry Highway gate, said Tampa FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier. The FBI is the lead agency in the investigation.
The case is not thought to be terrorism related, Martin said. But he wouldn’t confirm that it was a domestic incident. He also didn’t explain why the suspect was a guest at the base.
Paramedics responded to the scene at around 6:45 p.m. and determined there was nothing they could do for the victim, said Capt. Bill Wade, a fire department spokesman.
Tampa police, FBI and base security are continuing to investigate. LINK