Earlier this afternoon, the Navy released the name of the Sailor killed at Naval Station Norfolk March 24.
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class, Petty Officer Mark A. Mayo, 24, was killed in a shooting incident aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) when a civilian disarmed a watch Sailor and then used that Sailor’s weapon to shoot and kill Mayo.
Official accounts say Mayo was coming to the assistance of the watch Sailor when he was killed; a third Sailor described as a "roving Sailor" shot and killed the civilian.
The identity of the civilian has not been released. He did not have authorization to be on base as was previously reported by some sources.
Petty Officer Mayo, a native of Hagerstown, Md., enlisted in the Navy in October 2007 and has been stationed aboard Naval Station Norfolk since 2011.
The other two Sailors involved have not been named.
The Norfolk’s commanding officer, Capt. Robert E. Clark, Jr. released this statement:
"Petty Officer Mayo's actions on Monday evening were nothing less than heroic. He selflessly gave his own life to ensure the safety of the Sailors on board USS Mahan (DDG 72).”
"Petty Officer Mayo's family has endured a tremendous loss, as have the men and women of Naval Station Norfolk, in the loss of a shipmate and friend."
The shooting incident is still under investigation by the military, however initial reports do not indicate any terrorist involvement with the civilian intruder.
Naval Station Norfolk is the world’s largest naval Base.
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