NORFOLK, Va. — The sailor who was slain during a shootout aboard a guided-missile destroyer at a Virginia base saved another sailor’s life by jumping between her and a civilian gunman who was trying to board the ship, Navy officials said Wednesday.
The Navy identified the slain sailor as Petty Officer Second Class Mark Mayo during a news conference, saying he acted heroically when the civilian approached the USS Mahan shortly after 11 p.m. Monday. The civilian gunman, who was also killed in the shootout, hasn’t been identified.
The truck driver used a legitimate transportation worker’s credential to get onto Naval Station Norfolk, although officials say he didn’t have a reason to be on the base that night. The Navy hasn’t said why the driver was trying to get onto the ship, but officials have ruled out terrorism.