NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy says the civilian suspected of fatally shooting a sailor aboard a docked destroyer disarmed a petty officer who was on watch and did not use his own weapon.
A Navy news release says the man approached the USS Mahan late Monday night and was confronted by ship security personnel. The Navy says a struggle occurred, and the civilian disarmed the petty officer, and used the weapon to fatally shoot a sailor. The news release says Navy security forces then killed the suspect.
Spokeswoman Terri Davis said early Tuesday that the suspect had access to be at Naval Station Norfolk. The station is the world's largest naval base.
No other injuries were reported.
The Naval Station Norfolk Facebook page had the following message posted at 5 a.m.:
NORFOLK, Va. - There are two fatalities, one male Sailor and one male civilian suspect, following a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk last night. Naval security forces killed the suspect.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:20 p.m. at Pier 1 on board USS MAHAN (DDG 72). No other injuries have been reported.
Naval Station Norfolk was briefly put on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown lasted approximately 45 minutes.
With the exception of Pier 1, operations have returned to normal at Naval Station Norfolk.
For USS MAHAN - officers, chiefs and duty section personnel ONLY. Non-duty section enlisted personnel should NOT report.
Counselors from Navy Fleet and Family Service Center are on hand to assist personnel.
The shooting and the details surrounding it are under investigation.