The cross-dressing men who accused of trying to crash through the gates at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday may have taken a wrong turn after stealing a companion's car, according to police.
One man died and another was hospitalized Monday morning following a confrontation with NSA police at the security gate. The driver of the stolen Ford Escape ignored commands to stop and accelerated toward a police cruiser, prompting at least one officer to open fire, the NSA said in a statement. An NSA police officer was also injured.
Police now believe that the men in the SUV had robbed a third man following a tryst at a motel in Jessup on Sunday night, according to the Washington Post. The three men checked in together and stayed the night, and the owner of the car called police on Monday to report his vehicle stolen.
Investigators believe the suspects took the wrong exit -- a restricted turnoff on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway -- that took them to the entrance to an NSA security post.
The suspects may not have stopped because there were drugs inside the stolen car. Cops recovered at least one gun and an undisclosed amount of drugs from the stolen vehicle, NBC News reported.
Investigators are looking into whether the men were under the influence of drugs following a night of partying, a federal law enforcement official said.
The FBI is leading the investigation.