Fort Knox, Kentucky – A 41-year-old, non-military affiliated white male illegally breached Fort Knox’s Chaffee (main) Gate with his vehicle about 11 p.m. Saturday, and the incident ended with Fort Knox Police shooting and killing the man after he later attempted to ram and run over the responding officers.
Fort Knox police officers initially responded to a call of a suspicious person near the post’s Visitor Center. Upon the officers’ arrival, the man fled by vehicle onto the Fort Knox military reservation. Three officers, in their patrol cars, pursued the man who was then attempting to strike their vehicles with his own. The pursuit ended just east of the main cantonment area (the city portion of Fort Knox).
Once stopped, officers tried to verbally deescalate the situation for about 90 minutes before the man then attempted to ram and run over responding officers, which directly led to the shooting at about 1:20 a.m. today.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Fort Knox medical personnel.
The officers involved are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being led by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.
Although a motive is unknown, there is no initial indication that this incident was extremist or terrorist related.
The man’s name is being withheld at this time. Fort Knox Police and CID are working with local law enforcement on next-of-kin notification.
Individuals who may have any information related to this incident are asked to contact CID at 502-624-6332.
No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.