Man Fatally Shot After Crashing Into Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Texas -Naval Air Station Corpus Christi was the scene of an incident on Thursday in which a man driving a gray Ford edge crashed through the North/Ocean Drive security gate, and then attacked officers. The car had been reported stolen earlier.
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi posted statements on their Facebook page about the incident:
All, there was an incident at the North/Ocean Drive gate this morning. There is no danger to base personnel or employees, or the local community. The scene at the North Gate has been secured and will be closed until further notice. The incident is under investigation. The base has resumed normal operations. Expect delays as you travel through the Main Gate. Thank you for your patience. ..
All personnel, North Gate will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 15, to all traffic. Reminder it will remain closed over the weekend including the holiday, Monday, Feb. 18.
Due to a real-world emergency incident, NASCC North gate (Ocean Drive) will be closed until further notice. Please plan accordingly for traffic delays at the Main/South gate.
According to Fox, the man stole the car from a woman who was pumping gas at a convenience store about a half an hour prior to the incident. He drove through the security gate and crashed into a barrier. The vehicle caught fire, so he exited, and then charged at the security officers. They fatally shot him. It is unclear whether the man was armed at this point, but it is likely.
The security officers who fired shots at the man have been placed on administrative duties until the incident is reviewed by investigators.
The suspect’s name has not been released.
The Corpus Christi Naval Base has resumed normal operations, but the gate on North/Ocean Gate Drive will remain closed until further notice, according to base officials.