Navy IDs sailor who shot fellow squadron member at Virginia Beach naval station

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy has identified the sailor who was shot and killed after he shot a fellow sailor at Naval Air Station Oceana on Friday. 

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Christopher J. Ruffier, 26, was shot dead by a Navy police officer after he shot a female sailor outside of Hanger 145 at the base. 

Capt. Chad Vincelette, the base’s commanding officer, told the media at a news conference on April 5 that the shooting took place in the parking lot of Strike Fighter Squadron 37 (VFA-37), outside Hanger 145, around 6:45 a.m. 

Ruffier, who was armed with a single handgun, was quickly identified and was shot and killed by base security, Vincelette said. The incident was over in around five minutes.

Navy personnel said both Ruffier and the victim were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 37, VFA-37. 

The victim is in stable condition at the hospital after being shot. The Navy said the wound was non-life-threatening, and her name isn’t being released for privacy reasons. 

Vincelette said the base has a no weapons policy and does “random and periodic inspections for prohibited items.”

The base was placed on lockdown following the incident, but that was lifted at 7:40 a.m. Virginia Beach police, firefighters and emergency medical services responded to the base Friday morning.

The Navy says Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating, and a Manual of the Judge Advocate General (JAGMAN) investigation is also being conducted. 

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