Lockdown lifted at JBSA-Camp Bullis; unclear if military police still searching for fugitive
Suspect ran from SAPD officer, was in stolen pickup truck
SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis on Tuesday afternoon commented on a post, saying its lockdown has been lifted. It advised people to stay on hard roads and avoid picking up hitchhikers in the area.
It's unclear if the person military police were looking for has been found.
A man who is believed to be armed and dangerous climbed a fence at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis on Tuesday morning and has been holed up in the thick brush of the Army post ever since, officials said.
Officer Carlos Ortiz, a San Antonio Police Department spokesman, said some officers were responding to an eviction incident at a mobile home in the 19000 block of Shady Lane Drive around 9 a.m. when an officer noticed a man in a Ford F-250 pickup acting suspicious.
When the officer questioned the man, he took off running, Ortiz said.
The officer gave chase until the man jumped 20 feet into an embankment filled with bamboo in Leon Creek, Ortiz said.
The man then jumped a fence into Camp Bullis, where a police helicopter, a K-9 unit and multiple agencies searched for him.
"I can tell you from being over there that the area is heavy with brush and cedar and almost impenetrable just by walking," Ortiz said.
The Army post was placed on lockdown. Military police took over the search a few hours later, but haven't been able to find the man.
(Part 1 of 2) An armed suspect breached the fence at JBSA-Camp Bullis at approx. 10 a.m. today. San Antonio Police Dept. officers were in pursuit of the suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle on I-10 when he approached the Camp Bullis gate, which was closed.— JointBaseSanAntonio (@JBSA_Official) August 14, 2018
(Part 2 of 2) The suspect jumped over the fence & is believed to be armed & dangerous. AF Security Forces, local law enforcement, SAPD & U.S. Marshals are in pursuit of the suspect. JBSA-Camp Bullis is currently on lockdown. No other JBSA locations are affected by the lockdown.— JointBaseSanAntonio (@JBSA_Official) August 14, 2018
Police said the man is 6 feet tall with reddish-brown hair and a scruffy beard. He was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.
The pickup truck the man was in turned out to be stolen out of San Antonio, Ortiz said.
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