Skip to comments.Slain Sailor Was "Heroic," Jumped in Front of Gunman, Navy Officials Say
Posted on 03/27/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
jumped between the gunman and a petty officer, saving that officer's life, Navy officials He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors
(Excerpt) Read more at nbcwashington.com ...
"I just don't see how this could have happened on one of the largest Navy bases in America," said his brother Timothy Borum. "I mean, it shouldn't have been that simple for something like this to happen like that."
I agree with his brother. How could this happen? Apparently the killer just drove a truck through the gates, even though he didn't have the proper pass, and supposedly when the base was under tight security after the last shooting.
What's going on there? And when will they tell us the name of the killer?
God bless Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo
Greater love hath no man....................
In this reverse parallel universe, I have a feeling the Navy will award her a medal, when in reality she should be discharged as unfit for duty or even charged with negligent homicide.
Mark Mayo was a 24 year old Petty Officeer 2nd Class (which is a NCO rank in the Navy).
This individual had a contractors pass onto the base for delivery. He drove that night onto the base with the cab only of his truck and was allowed on...though there was no appoimntment for him to pick-up or deliver.
he parked the truch, got around a second check point, and then boldoy walked up the gang way onto the ship where he was confronted by a Petty Officer there on watch. This was a femal who questioned him. He began struggling with ther.
Mayo saw the struggle and immediately rushed to the aid of his crew mate. As he got there, the perp had just taken the gun from the woman and Petty Officer, 2nd Class Mark Mayo shoved the girl to the deck and took the bullets apparently intended for her.
I have been on base at Norfolk and all along the ship line there. it is a huge sprawling base and there could easily be two or three dozen large ships docked at any one time. From nuclear powered aircraft carriers to cruisers, destroyers, large Amphibious Assault ships, frigates, nuclear submarines, and support vessels.
The Mahen is a guided missile destroyer. An Arleigh Burke class AEGIS destroyer.
That watch did their duty, and this young man was a hero. God rest his soul, and may God bless his family, friends, and loved ones with comfort and peace..
Get off of it.
I believe woman should not be in some of the positions that the military is placing them for obvious reasons. But this womnan in no way “surrendered” her weapon. Do not insult her.
She struggled with the perp who took it away from her.
We do not know enough to say that this perp, who may have been large, pwoerful, and trained...we just do not know...could have also taken it away from a male sailor.
Fact is, he got the gun and Mayo pushed the girl to the deck and was shot. But all of that held this guy up long enough for the other members of the watch to then cut the perp down.
How many of our militarized cops would do what this man did?
I’m surprised her weapon was loaded.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
"NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has confirmed the civilian gunman who opened fire on board USS Mahan Monday, killing a Sailor, is 35-year-old Jeffrey T. Savage of Portsmouth.
Court documents obtained by WAVY News 10 show a Jeffrey T. Savage of Portsmouth has a criminal history, including a manslaughter conviction in North Carolina in 2008. We have reason to believe it is the same person.
Capt. Robert E. Clark, Jr., commanding officer, Naval Station Norfolk, said the shooting happened on board USS Mahan at Pier 1 Monday around 11:20 p.m. when a male civilian, now identified as Savage, shot and killed Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24. Savage was confronted by ship security, a struggle occurred and Savage disarmed the petty officer of the watch. He then used that weapon to fatally shoot MA2 Mayo. Security forces responding to reports of shots fired then killed Savage.
Savage was an employee of Majette Trucking.
Capt. Clark confirmed Savage had a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) ID when he gained access to the base just after 11 p.m.. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), you can obtain a TWIC card even with a criminal history.
NCIS investigators have determined Savage had no reason to be at the base.
MA2 Mayo enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 2007 and began working in Norfolk in May 2011.
"Petty Officer Mayos actions on Monday evening were nothing less than heroic. He selflessly gave his own life to ensure the safety of the Sailors on board USS Mahan (DDG 72), said Capt. Robert E. Clark, Jr., commanding officer, Naval Station Norfolk.
Paul Stone with the Armed Forces Medical Examiners Office said autopsies have been performed on MA2 Mayo and the civilian suspect. He told WAVY.com the results will likely take four to six weeks. The results will immediately be handed over to the NCIS, which is the lead investigating agency.
Stone said the autopsy was done at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Tuesday. Toxicology tests will also be performed.
Mario Palomino, Special Agent in Charge NCIS, said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference the agency has ruled out terrorism as a motive. He said preliminary evidence does not indicate this was a pre-planned attack.
There is no motive for Savages actions.
Appears this scumbag had a specific target
My guess is he thought someone on board had screwed him over or he was looking for something to steal.
Perhaps he was just whacked out on bath salts.
This happened a years back with a female cop in PA; she stopped to check out two unsavory characters that had an accident with a motorcycle. They disarmed her and took her car, which they subsequently crashed. A trucker comes to the aid of what he thinks is a wrecked cop, and they carjack him - forcing him to drive them to Newark NJ - where they kill him. She lives, trucker dies...
I’d be less opposed to women in these roles if they were dying from it; they’d look at other options.
was his shot that hit Savage.
Savage had been in and out of jail over the years, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2008 in connection with the 2005 death of a 30-year-old man in Charlotte, N.C. He and the victim, “Maurice Griffin, were riding in a car and began struggling over a gun, said a spokesman with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. The gun fired and the victim was eventually left on the side of the road, where he died.
Savage fled to his home in Portsmouth, where he was later arrested and returned to North Carolina. Savage was released on those charges in 2009, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Prior to that, Savage served five years in federal prison in Maryland for selling cocaine.”
this link has much more info on the lack of real security that allowed this guy on base
“Mayo grew up in Hagerstown, Md., and graduated from Williamsport High School in 2007 after winning a county wrestling championship in his weight class. His high school teachers say he was a charming but fearless competitor for whom the Navy represented another step out of poverty.”
“Fearless” sure turned out to be accurate.
Thumbs down to all those who assumed this was related to homosexual activity and thus demeaning this American Hero before they had the full story.
It was disgraceful how many immediately jumped to this conclusion despite the release of no details whatsoever.
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