VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Sailor was shot and killed Friday night after leading Naval Security Forces on a chase on base at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
The 25-year-old Sailor was Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Airman Juan Gerardo Medina-Reynaga. He was a native of Kansas assigned to USS George H.W. Bush.
According to the Navy, the incident happened shortly before 10 p.m., when security attempted to stop Medina-Reynaga, who was driving a 2016 Dodge Charger erratically on base. Medina-Reynaga attempted to flee authorities at a high rate of speed and exit Gate Five.
Security deployed automatic barriers to avoid the driver exiting, and the driver hit a gas pump at the Navy Exchange Mini Mart while trying to avoid the barriers. The driver then fled on foot.
When security personnel caught up to the suspect, a struggle ensued. According to the Navy, Medina-Reynaga assaulted security personnel and was then shot and killed.
The NSF officer responsible for shooting Medina-Reynaga has been ‘red-tagged’ and will be placed on administrative duties until the outcome of the investigation is reached, which is standard operating procedure.
The two Navy Security personnel were treated on the scene for minor injuries. The NEX Mini Mart and Gate 5 have since returned to normal operations.
Virginia Beach Police are assisting with the Navy Criminal Investigative Service’s investigation.
This is a developing story.