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By David Larter, Staff writer
The suspected gunman who shot and killed a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan on Monday was not authorized to be on Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said in a Thursday news release.
Jeffery Tyrone Savage, 35, an ex-convict who’d served time for voluntary manslaughter and other offenses, had “no reason or authorization” to be on the base late Monday night, when he shot and killed Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo with a gun he’d wrestled from another sailor, according to NCIS investigators.
Mayo, 24, was serving as chief of the guard for the destroyer, and dove in front of the petty officer of the watch after Savage took her weapon. Savage gunned down Mayo before being shot by the ship’s roving sentry.