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Naval Medical Center San Diego security personnel shoot, injure man who drove past gate

From left, Claudia Clement and Juliana Cha both hospitalmen assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, raise the national ensign during morning colors at NMCSD on Sept. 16, 2019.

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By ALEX RIGGINS | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: October 29, 2019

SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — Security personnel shot and injured a man who drove past a gate Monday night at Naval Medical Center San Diego in the Balboa Park area, a Navy spokesman said.

It happened about 8:45 p.m. near the Naval hospital’s main gate at Bob Wilson Drive off Florida Drive, said Navy Region Southwest spokesman Brian O’Rourke.

The man apparently drove up to the entrance and, instead of stopping for the guards, continued driving, O’Rourke said. The guards deployed a barrier that stopped the vehicle, the man got out and some sort of altercation ensued.

Security personnel fired at least one shot that hit or grazed the man, O’Rourke said. Medics took him to a hospital with an injury believed to be minor and not life-threatening.

O’Rourke said that both Department of Defense police officers and uniformed Navy personnel guard the gates to the medical center, but it was not immediately known who was involved in Monday night’s incident.

The main gate to the hospital was closed Monday night as authorities investigated, and no other information was immediately available.

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