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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Law Enforcement Officer Injured During Shooting Incident at NSA

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for February 14, 2018: A law enforcement officer is injured during a shooting at the entrance to the NSA, passengers braced for an emergency landing after engine trouble onboard a United Airlines flight to Hawaii, an Austrian passenger train crash killed one and injured 22 others, Tropical Storm Gita devastates the Pacific island of Tonga, a Chicago police commander is dead after being shot multiple times, 5 people are dead following a blast onboard a ship undergoing maintenance in India, a judge orders multiple life sentences for the Chelsea bomber, and the Washington, D.C. Metro announces major repair projects that will cause widespread service disruptions throughout 2018.

  1. One person was injured and a suspect appears to be in custody after a shooting on Wednesday morning outside the entrance to the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland. Reports indicate that a black SUV with bullet holes in the windshield was pushed up against concrete barriers outside the entrance, while a handcuffed suspect appears to be sitting on the ground outside the vehicle. A spokesperson for the complex confirmed that at least one person, a law enforcement officer, who had been injured during the shooting incident and whose condition was unknown, was taken to a local area hospital for treatment. 
  2. Passengers on United Airlines Flight 1175, a Boeing 777, bound for Hawaii on Tuesday braced for an emergency landing after the right engine cowling (cover) ripped away from the plane. Reports indicate that the plane experienced a loud bang and then violent shaking prior to the cover coming off the engine. Crew members prepared the passengers on board for an emergency landing and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) crews were standing by, but the plane safely landed, then taxied to the gate, where passengers deplaned normally. 
  3. One person was killed and 22 people were injured after two passenger trains collided in the southeastern town of Niklasdorf, Austria, in the province of Styria. Three children were among those injured when a regional passenger train collided with an intercity train bound for Saarbruecken, Germany, which caused several cars to derail. The crash occurred just before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, local time, and the cause of the accident is under investigation. 
  4. On Monday night, Tropical Cyclone Gita, a Category 4 storm, wreaked havoc on the Pacific island of Tonga, downing power lines, flattening homes and businesses, and causing widespread flooding. Winds of 125 mph tore across the island, and many people were injured, some seriously, but no deaths have been reported. A full assessment of the damage is being conducted, however, access to areas outside the capital city have been hindered by damages and large amounts of debris
  5. A police commander in Chicago, Illinois is dead after being shot multiple times while chasing a suspect who was fleeing from tactical officers. The incident occurred outside the Thompson Center in an area known as the Loop, where Cmdr. Paul Bauer, 58, was in the area after attending 'active shooter' training. Bauer was in uniform and was said to have confronted the suspect, who then opened fire on the commander, killing him. A gun was recovered from the suspect, who according to reports, was also wearing a protective vest. 
  6. Five people are dead and 11 more injured following a blast and fire onboard a ship undergoing repairs at the Cochin Shipyard Ltd., in India on Tuesday. The ship, owned by the nation's top energy explorer, Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd, was undergoing maintenance when an explosion, sparked by a gas leak, occurred in the water tank. Reports indicate that welding of the tank was occurring at the time of the blast, and several people were trapped on the ship following the blast.  
  7. The man responsible for setting off small bombs in two states in September has been sentenced to multiple life terms. Ahmad Khan Rahimi did not apologize or show remorse during his trial for the injuries he caused to 30 people when he set off two bombs, one during a Marine Corp race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and another one that exploded just hours later in Chelsea, New York. Another bomb was found and disabled before it exploded, sending police on a two day manhunt, which ended in a shootout in Linden, New Jersey with the suspect, who was shot several times but survived.  
  8. Officials from the Washington, D.C. Metro transit agency announced on Tuesday that several maintenance projects scheduled this summer and fall will impact every line in its network, with two Red Line stations being shut down for at least 45 days. Other projects will severely limit service during the summer months including one scheduled between McPherson Square and the Smithsonian, that will rebuild failing track infrastructure, with the 16 day shutdown impacting the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. The transit agency and its service have been under severe scrutiny after a series of incidents, including accidents, fires, and structural failings, have left many strongly questioning the Metro's safety.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.