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(Reuters) - A civilian shot dead a sailor aboard a ship at a U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, late on Monday before being killed by base security forces, naval officials said.
Security services briefly shut down Naval Station Norfolk after the incident involving the two men, which occurred on board the USS Mahan destroyer while it was docked at the base's Pier 1, Navy spokeswoman Beth Baker said.
The civilian had been carrying a firearm on the base in violation of rules that only allow security personnel to do so, Baker said.
Norfolk, Va. – A sailor and a civilian suspect are dead following a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk Monday night.
The shooting happened around 11:20pm at Pier 1 onboard the USS Mahan. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Navy, the civilian suspect approached the quarterdeck of USS Mahan where he was confronted by ship security personnel. A scuffle ensued after security forces wouldn’t let him get past the entrance to the ship. During the scuffle, the man grabbed a gun from the Petty Officer on watch and shot a sailor that was responding to the security breach. Naval security forces then killed the suspect. The suspect was not armed with his own gun, officials say.
Blair told the paper her son had been a military policeman since completing special forces training in 2008 and patrolled the base.
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A civilian who disarmed a guard and fatally shot a sailor on a docked destroyer before being killed himself entered the base on a tractor-trailer with a transportation worker's credential, according to the Navy and a military official.