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Civilian Kills Sailor At Va. Navy Base

Norfolk, Va. — A man was fatally shot Monday night after he confronted security personnel and shot and killed a U.S. sailor aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer at Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia.

The naval station was under a security lockdown for 45 minutes after the incident, but by Tuesday morning it had returned to normal operations as officials investigated to figure out the circumstances that led to the shooting, said Beth Baker, a spokeswoman for the base.

The incident occurred about 11:20 p.m. aboard the USS Mahan, a destroyer that is docked at the Norfolk station’s Pier 1.

The suspect approached the destroyer’s deck and was confronted by ship security personnel. A struggle occurred and the suspect was “able to disarm” a petty officer on the ship, officials said. The suspect then used the weapon to fatally shoot a sailor who was responding to the incident.

Naval Security Forces then killed the suspect, officials said. The suspect did not have his own weapon, the Navy said.

The names and ages of those involved were not immediately released, pending notification of their relatives. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured in the incident.

The Virginia base is one of the largest naval installations in the world and covers more than 6,000 acres and home port for 64 ships.

and a Navy hospital ship. About 46,000 military members and 21,000 civilian employees and contractors are assigned there.