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Mar 25, 2014 11:02 AM by Adam Atchison

Navy: Base shooting suspect didn't have own weapon

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.

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