In this file photo, security personnel wait to inspect vehicles entering Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. The civilian gunman believed to have killed a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan on Monday night before being fatally shot is Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, sources familiar with the Navy's investigation said Thursday. (Mort Fryman / AP)
The civilian gunman believed to have killed a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan on Monday night before being fatally shot is Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, sources familiar with the Navy’s investigation said Thursday.
Savage, 35, of Portsmouth, Va., did not appear to have served in the Navy and his motivation for storming the Mahan’s quarterdeck and attacking the petty officer of the watch remains unclear, two sources said.
Savage used his transportation worker credential to enter Naval Station Norfolk, Va. On Monday night around 11:20 p.m., he walked onto Pier 1 and boarded the Mahan, where he stripped the POOW of her weapon. Savage allegedly used this weapon to fatally shoot Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo, the chief of the guard.
Mayo blocked the POOW from getting shot. Later, the Mahan’s topside rover shot and killed Savage.
Savage had been in and out of jail, court records show. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to a minimum of 46 months in a prison. He was released Dec. 30, 2009, according to North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety. Previously, Savage served for five years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., on a felony conviction for selling crack cocaine.
Staff writer Meghann Myers contributed to this report.