Man who was shot and killed at Fort Knox after ramming the gate is identified

William J. Atkins (Image provided by attorney Larry Wilder)

Police at Fort Knox, Kentucky, have identified the man who was fatally shot attempting to breach the installation.

William J. Atkins was named as the individual taken down by Fort Knox security teams after he tried to ram officers on Monday.

The Indiana resident, who often went by “Billy,” was known locally as “the best concrete guy there ever was.”

Atkins also suffered from schizophrenia, according to family attorney Larry Wilder.

“Billy’s condition and mental health situation was such that he functioned on a normal way and did his job,” Wilder said. “There was just breaks that happened.”

According to WDRB, the 41-year-old was fatally shot after he crashed through the gate and tried to ram into officers, who had been attempting to negotiate with him.

Wilder said Atkins’ mental break started 30 minutes before he was killed, having reportedly called his mother and told her he was marrying a woman his mother had never heard of.

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