Naval Base Coronado went into lockdown after a car tried to breach the main gate and was fired upon by guards, with the driver identified as an off-duty San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputy.
On the night of March 17th, Naval Base Coronado went into lockdown after a car tried to run the main gate, causing guards to open fire on the vehicle. The driver, identified as off-duty San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputy Sgt. Michael Cruz, lacked clearance and was later arrested for driving under the influence. No one was hurt during the incident, and the base remained in lockdown until the suspect was taken into custody. The Coronado Police Department and Naval Criminal Investigative Service are handling the investigation, and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department has placed Cruz on administrative leave while they investigate his actions. This incident marks the second time this year a car has attempted to breach the gates of a military base in Southern California.