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Chief Petty Officer John Ellsworth Hasselbrink

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FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — A 34-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in the April shooting of a Navy submariner in Hawaii.

In a grand jury indictment filed June 5 in Hawaii circuit court, Gregory Allen Farr is charged with “recklessly” causing the death of John E. Hasselbrink, a chief petty officer.

Hasselbrink, 41, was shot in Ewa Beach in the middle of the night on April 15 “after attempting to enter a residence other than his own by mistake,” the Navy said.

Local TV station KHON2 reported at the time that a single shot had been fired through the front door of the home.

Ewa Beach is about a 25-mile drive from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where Hasselbrink served aboard the USS Illinois, a Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine.

Farr, who is free on bail, has also been charged with two counts of possession of an unregistered firearm.

All firearms must be registered within three days of being purchased in or brought to Hawaii.

A San Fernando Valley, Calif., native, Hasselbrink joined the Navy shortly after graduating high school and had served more than 21 years, according to his obituary.

He was stationed that entire time at Pearl Harbor, working aboard a half-dozen submarines in his two-decade career. Twitter: @WyattWOlson

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Wyatt Olson is based in the Honolulu bureau, where he has reported on military and security issues in the Indo-Pacific since 2014. He was Stars and Stripes’ roving Pacific reporter from 2011-2013 while based in Tokyo. He was a freelance writer and journalism teacher in China from 2006-2009.
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