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25-year-old petty officer 3rd class shot and killed by Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek police

By ROSE L. THAYER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 5, 2019

Navy Security Force personnel shot and killed a 25-year-old sailor named Juan Gerardo Medina-Reynaga on Friday after he fled a traffic stop at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia, according to a release Monday from Navy Region-Mid Atlantic.

The Kansas native was an aviation boatswain’s mate assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Medina-Reynaga was a petty officer 3rd class, according to his service record. He enlisted in the Navy in September 2015 and previously served on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

Security personnel attempted to stop Medina-Reynaga for driving erratically in a 2016 Dodge Charger at about 9:50 p.m. Friday, according to the release. He attempted to flee the base, so security personnel deployed the automatic barriers at the base’s Gate 5. Medina-Reynaga swerved into the parking lot of a nearby Navy Exchange Mini Mart where he crashed the car he was driving into a gas pump at about 10:10 p.m.

Medina-Reynaga fled the scene on foot to evade arrest, and officers pursued and attempted to apprehend him. During the altercation, Medina-Reynaga assaulted security personnel and attempted to remove one of the officer’s weapons.

An NSF officer shot Medina-Reynaga during the altercation. At about 10:50 p.m., he was pronounced dead.

The officer responsible for shooting Medina-Reynaga has been removed from law enforcement duties and will be placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard operating procedure, according to the release. Two NSF personnel were hurt during the altercation. They were treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

Both the mini mart and the gate have since returned to normal operations. Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Navy Region Mid-Atlantic are investigating the incident.

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