Navy identifies sailor shot and killed by security personnel at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek

Seaman Juan Gerardo Medina-Reynaga allegedly fled from a traffic stop and then tried to run away from security personnel after crashing his car.

Navy identifies sailor shot and killed by security personnel at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek

Navy officials have identified Seaman Juan Gerardo Medina-Reynaga as the sailor shot and killed by security personnel following a high-speed car chase at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia.

Medina-Reynaga, 25, served as an aviation boatswain's mate (fuels) airman aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, a Navy Region Mid-Atlantic news release says. He joined the Navy in 2015 and had previously served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

On Aug. 2, security personnel at Little Creek stopped Medina-Reynaga for driving erratically around 9:50 p.m., the news release says. Medina-Reynaga allegedly tried to speed away from authorities and a chase ensued.

When security personnel used automatic barriers to try to prevent Medina-Reynaga from leaving the base, he turned into a Navy Exchange Mini Mart and hit a gas pump, immobilizing his 2016 Dodge Charger, the news release says.

Medina-Reynaga allegedly tried to run away and then got into a scuffle with pursuing security personnel, the news release says. When he allegedly tried to grab one of the security officer's weapons, he was shot and killed at around 10:50 p.m.

The officer who shot Medina-Reynaga has been placed on administrative duties pending the results of an investigation, the news release says. Two security personnel were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Jeff Schogol

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