Norfolk, VA, United States (4E) – Naval security officers shot dead a civilian who fatally shot a sailor aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer docked at the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia on Monday night.
The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. on the USS Mahan docked at the base’s Pier 1, according to Navy spokeswoman Terri Davis.
Davis said the civilian scuffled with ship security personnel who stopped him when he approached the USS Mahan. The civilian then disarmed a petty officer and used the gun to shoot a sailor responding to the incident prompting Naval Security Forces to shoot him.
The station was locked down for 45 minutes after the shooting. By 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, operation was back to normal except in Pier 1 while crews and officers of the USS Mahan were told to report for duty.
The fatalities were not named. Baker said the civilian had a pass to the naval station.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is still investigating the shooting incident, the latest to happen in a naval facility since a former Navy reservist went on a shooting rampage inside the Washington Navy Yard in September killing 12 people before being shot dead.