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NSA gate incident: 2 Fort Meade suspects released, third turned over to Howard County Sheriff's Office

Hours after a black SUV attempted to access the NSA campus at Fort Meade, federal officials said they are still working to determine what led to the incident at the Anne Arundel County installation. A spokesman for the FBI said three people were injured — an NSA officer, a bystander and the driver of the SUV. None of those injuries is believed to have been the result of gunfire, officials said. Those in the vehicle are in custody, said Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge for the FBI.

Two of the men who were arrested Wednesday at Fort Meade — where the driver of an SUV attempted to enter the National Security Agency compound — have been released, and the third has been handed over to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI said Thursday.

The driver of the SUV, an NSA police officer and a civilian bystander were injured in the incident, which happened shortly before 7 a.m. at Gate 1 on Canine Road, off Maryland Route 32.

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The investigation is ongoing, but “we do not see a nexus to terrorism,” FBI Baltimore field office spokesman Dave Fitz said in a statement.

Javonte Alhajie Brown, 24, of Washington, was turned over to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday evening on an active warrant for unpaid child support, spokesman Deputy Christopher Adams said.

No phone number was listed for Brown’s address. He was expected to be released Thursday afternoon, Adams said.

The FBI did not release the names or ages of the other men, and the agency did not provide any updates on the injured people’s conditions. Fitz said he did not expect to provide a second update Thursday.

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