Suspect in Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling lockdown identified, faces multiple charges

The man who allegedly triggered a lockdown at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in D.C., last Friday has been hit with a slew of charges.

Sean Gaskins, 27, climbed the fence of the 905-acre base in Southeast D.C. after a shooting and police chase on Aug. 13, a D.C. police officer said in a court document.

At around 12:30 p.m. Friday, the officer wrote, the D.C. police responded to a report of gunshots at Halley Terrace, in Southeast. They got a tip that someone fled the scene in a dark vehicle with tinted windows.

Officers spotted a vehicle matching that description driving erratically on South Capitol Street Southeast and gave chase. It hit two cars, and then Gaskins ran from the crash, jumped a jersey wall and ran across several lanes of traffic, climbing the fence to the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling campus, the document said.

Police found a loaded Glock 27 with an obliterated serial number in the grass not far from where the suspect was hiding inside a dumpster, the police said. After getting a tip, police caught the suspect at about 2:45 p.m. He didn’t put up any resistance.

Among the charges Gaskins faces are unlawful possession of a firearm; entering military, naval or coast guard property; and carrying a licensed pistol while impaired.

According to the court, Gaskins, who remains in detention, is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Anna Gawel

Anna Gawel joined WTOP in 2020 and works in both the radio and digital departments. Anna Gawel has spent much of her career as the managing editor of The Washington Diplomat, which has been the flagship publication of D.C.’s diplomatic community for over 25 years.

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