Suspect disarmed guard before shooting sailor aboard USS Mahan


by 13News Now/Gannett Affiliate

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

NORFOLK -- Two people are dead following a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk late Monday night, March 24. 

The incident occurred at approximately 11:20 p.m. at Pier 1 aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan, according to base spokesperson Terri Davis. 

Navy officials say the suspect approached the Mahan’s quarterdeck and was confronted by ship security personnel. A struggle occurred and the suspect was able to disarm the Petty Officer of the Watch. 
The suspect then used the weapon to fatally shoot a sailor who came to the aid of the unarmed guard. Naval security forces then killed the suspect.
The suspect did not have his own weapon, officials said.  
The identities of the suspect and sailor have not been released. Navy officials did, however, say the suspect had authorized access to the base. 

The base was briefly put on lockdown as a precaution and lasted for approximately 45 minutes. 

With the exception of Pier 1, operations have returned to normal at Naval Station Norfolk.  
USS Mahan officers, chiefs and duty section personnel are required to report for work Tuesday, Navy officials said. Non-duty section enlisted personnel should not report.
Counselors from Navy Fleet and Family Service Center are on hand to assist personnel.
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