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1 dead, 1 injured after shootout at NSA

On March 31, it was reported that two Maryland men were shot after they allegedly attempted to ram a police cruiser near the National Security Agency headquarters. One man, aged 27, died at the scene of the incident from a gunshot wound. The other individual involved was taken to a nearby hospital after suffering injuries that were not disclosed.

According to the authorities, the two men, both of whom were allegedly cross-dressing, left a party and a nearby hotel before attempting to ram the police cruiser. The deceased man was allegedly told to leave the NSA campus but refused, which resulted in the gunfire. The garrison commander reported that the vehicle they were driving was stolen and that they may have made a wrong turn when they got off the highway.

Authorities also reported that a firearm and an unreported amount of cocaine was retrieved from within or around the vehicle after the incident. The vehicle's 60-year-old owner, who was also at the same party, was later identified. Additionally, authorities did not believe that the men were dressing up in an attempt to disguise themselves and it was not believed that they were involved in any activities related to terrorism.

Those who are charged with federal crimes may face serious consequences that could potentially result in imprisonment. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, a criminal law attorney might be able to provide strong defense strategies that could potentially result in the dismissal of the charges. An analysis of the evidence surrounding the arrest may reveal that authorities conducted an improper search and seizure or obtained a coerced confession from the defendant.

Source: USA Today, "'Partying' cross-dressers tried to crash gates at NSA", Garrett Haake, 03/31/2015

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