A space alien was shot dead in a US military base, a retired major claims.
Major George Filler said the UFO was mistaken for a spy plane and shot five times by a military police officer in 1978.
The 84-year-old claimed a senior officer told him that it was a "space alien" and that “there are UFOs buzzing around the pattern like mad".
The former US Air Force intelligence officer's account is detailed in the book, "Strange Craft: The True Story of an Air Force Intelligence Officer’s Life with UFOs".
He told the author that he arrived at his Fort Dix base in New Jersey in the early morning hours of Jan 18, 1978.
The officer was to prepare for his daily 8am intelligence briefing for his superior officers.
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He is quoted saying: “The senior master sergeant runs everything, from who sweeps the floors to organizing the staff schedules and making sure phones and faxes are up and running.
“He was agitated; his face was pale and his eyes were wide open. Then he said the strangest thing: ‘An alien has been shot at Fort Dix and they found it on the end of our (McGuire AFB) runway.’"
Filer replied: “Was it an alien from another country?”
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“No, it was from outer space, a space alien,” the sergeant explained. “There are UFOs buzzing around the pattern like mad.”
Major Filer explained the police officer had seen a “thin and gray-brown creature” appear next to his car after spotting a UFO in the sky.
The officer told the creature to freeze and shot it after it didn't stop moving before a special mop-up team arrived at the scene.
When the Police officer called the leaders of the American military base, a special mop-up team was said to have arrived and took the body to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Major Filer added he had been denied access to witnesses and photographs he requested for an intelligence report.
The retired major and life-long UFO enthusiast has insisted his account is not a hoax.
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