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Navy Yard gunman kept security clearance

Ex-reservist had series of run-ins with police, Navy

WASHINGTON — Despite being treated by the Veterans Affairs Department for psychiatric issues, no red flags were raised that might have prevented Aaron Alexis from entering the Washington Navy Yard on Monday and gunning down 12 people.

There is a growing list of questions about how Alexis, who had a history of infractions as a Navy reservist, mental health problems, and run-ins with the police over gun violence, gained and kept a security clearance from the Defense Department that gave him access to military bases, including the Navy Yard, where officials say he opened fire before being killed in a gunbattle with officers.

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