NORFOLK, Va. — A civilian approaching a Navy destroyer at the naval base here took a weapon from a sailor who was standing watch and used it to shoot and kill another sailor who was trying to help his embattled colleague, Navy officials said Tuesday.
Navy security forces then killed the suspect, who was authorized to be on Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base, and did not bring his own weapon on base, according to Capt. Robert Clark, the base's commanding officer.
The identities of the civilian and the sailor who were killed had not been released.
No other injuries were reported from the encounter, which occurred about 11:20 p.m. Monday on the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer that had recently returned from a port visit in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. It wasn't immediately clear why the civilian approached the ship or if he ever had access to it previously.
The Navy said the civilian was coming toward the ship's quarterdeck, which is traditionally the ceremonial entry point aboard a ship, when the struggled ensued and the civilian was able to disarm the Petty Officer of the Watch.
The shooting came after a deadly episode in September at the Washington Navy Yard, in which a gunman, a contractor who used to be a Navy reservist, killed 12 people before he was fatally shot.