Fort Detrick Shooting – 2 Wounded, Suspect Deceased

Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD – An active duty Navy Corpsman reportedly shot 2 Sailors at a Fort Detrick research facility (Tech Park) Tuesday morning at around 8:20 a.m. EDT. He then drove through the gate to the main military base without stopping and was ultimately shot by military police. The suspect was identified as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, 38, an E-4 Petty Officer. He managed to drive about a half a mile into the base before he was stopped by a Security Quick Reaction Force.

The two victims were both active duty Navy sailors. One is still in critical condition, the other was treated and may be released tomorrow, according to Brig Gen Michael Talley.

Police were called to Riverside Tech Park in the 8400 block of Progress Drive around 8:20 a.m. for an active shooter incident. The location is a warehouse rented by Naval Medical Research Center, Biological Defense Research Directorate to store research supplies and equipment.

When they arrived, officers found two people had been shot at a military office in the business park. 

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Frederick, Maryland police had released a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for Woldsenbet’s vehicle, and Fort Detrick security was reviewing that document when he drove through the Nallin Farm gate located off of Opposumtown Pike. They were not yet aware that the suspect was the same as on the BOLO. The suspect used a rifle, according to General Talley, but he did not release any other information on the weapon.


Talley said at the news conference that Woldesenbet was stopped by Fort Detrick’s quick reaction force in a parking lot on the installation about a half mile from the gate. When he brandished a weapon, officers shot him. They attempted lifesaving measures for about 20 minutes before declaring Woldesenbet dead on the scene, Talley said.

Woldesenbet was 38 and lived in the city of Frederick, Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said.

The FBI has taken over the investigation on the Army installation, while the Frederick Police Department remains in charge of the investigation at the initial crime scene at the offsite office.

The Navy announced this afternoon that Woldesenbet was from Virginia and enlisted in September 2012. After his initial training, he attended training to become a hospital corpsman at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. He spent two years working at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command in Corpus Christi, Texas, from 2013 to 2015, and from 2015 to 2018 he worked at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command in Bremerton, Wash. After additional training, he began working at Naval Medical Research Center in Frederick in August 2019.


The investigation is ongoing, as police and the military search for a motive.


Featured photo: Screenshot of one of the many gates to Fort Detrick

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